West Nile Virus Positive Test Confirmed in Gage County

That word from Public Health Solutions Health District which covers five southeast Nebraska counties…Gage Saline Jefferson Thayer and Fillmore

The virus is passed through bites from infected mosquitoes.

Health authorities say mosquito-borne viruses have killed four people in Romania this week, bringing the total deaths from West Nile virus to 21.

James Tomarken today reported one human case of West Nile virus in Suffolk County, the first human case reported this year.

According to the Jefferson County Health Department, the mosquitos were collected September 11 from Crystal City, De Soto, Hematite, Imperial, and Kimmswick, and surrounding areas.

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Updated CDC information can be found here. Health officials emphasize the importance of people taking precautions as suggested by the CDC to keep mosquitoes from biting. Remember mosquitoes can bite during the day and night. Fix or replace screens with tears or holes.

Iowans should take the following steps to reduce the risk of exposure to West Nile virus: use insect repellent with DEET, Picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus, or IR3535; avoid outdoor activities at dusk and dawn when mosquitoes are most active; wear long-sleeved shirts, pants, shoes and socks outdoors whenever possible; and eliminate standing water around the home where mosquitoes lay eggs.

Neither horse had been vaccinated against WNV or EEE in 2018.

The Washoe County Health District's Communicable Disease Program investigates all reported cases of diseases such as WNV. Symptoms can include flu-like illness including fever, muscle aches, headaches, and fatigue. Rarely, individuals might experience more severe symptoms including high fever, severe headache, neck stiffness, and/or encephalitis, which is inflammation of the brain. Healthcare providers should consider a WNV infection as a diagnosis for patients who are ill and have recently experienced mosquito bites.

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