Two more cases of West Nile reported in area
Two more human cases of West Nile Virus have been reported in the Southwest Nebraska Public Health Department (SWNPHD) nine-county health district. The first case was reported approximately two weeks ago.
Additionally, two more mosquito testing pools in Chase County have tested positive for WNV.
While the best protection is to not get bitten by a mosquito, SWNPHD offers some tips on ways people can prevent getting mosquito bites:
• Wear insect repellent with DEET. Remember sunscreen first then insect repellent.
• Check around the home for any standing water, including gutters, buckets or old tires.
• Repair any holes in screens and doors.
• Wear long sleeves and pants during the hours of dusk and dawn when mosquitoes are most active.
• Always read the directions for any insect or sunscreen product to be sure it is being used correctly.
The incubation time or the development of symptoms for WNV takes about 3-14 days.
Approximately 80 percent of all people who become infected with WNV will not experience any symptoms. Symptoms people may experience are fever, headache, body aches, joint pain, rash, vomiting and diarrhea.
There is no treatment for West Nile Virus. The best way to avoid becoming sick is prevention. For more information people can go to www.swhealth.ne.gov.