SWPHD West Nile Virus recommendations
Southwest Nebraska Public Health Department reminds residents to be vigilant to avoid getting bitten by mosquitoes while outdoors. The severity of West Nile virus (WNV) came to the attention of public health officials in approximately 1999. From 1999 to 2016, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recorded a total of 46,086 cases with 1,888 resulting in death. Nebraska has had a total of 3,798 cases since 2002 and 70 deaths.
“With the increase of moisture received in the area, mosquito populations are also increasing. This may be a good time to take extra precautions to remove mosquitoes from your yard by emptying containers and using larvicides in standing water,” explains Melissa Propp, Public Health Nurse. “Most cities spray for mosquitoes; however, you may still consider spraying your own property.”
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