West Nile Virus–positive human case in SWNPHD health district

The first human case of West Nile Virus has been reported in the Southwest Nebraska Public Health Department (SWNPHD) nine county health district.   
    “This is a good reminder for everyone to continue taking preventive measures against mosquito bites,” states Melissa Propp, RN, Surveillance Nurse at SWNPHD. “We are reaching the time of year when West Nile Virus becomes more common.”
    Some of the ways that you can prevent getting mosquito bites are:
    •Wear insect repellent with DEET. Remember sunscreen first then insect repellent.
    •Drain standing water and check and empty gutters for debris like leaves.
    •Avoid being outdoors at dawn and dusk when mosquitoes are most active.
    •Dress in long sleeves and pants.
    •Repair holes in screens on doors and windows.
    •Always read the directions for any insect or sunscreen product to be sure it is being used correctly.

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