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First case of West Nile Virus in Madison County

Saturday, June 1, 2013

Madison County’s first 2013 positive mosquito for West Nile Virus has been reported to the Elkhorn Logan Valley Public Health Department. Typically West Nile cases in humans are reported as summer draws to an end during August and September. West Nile Virus is transmitted to humans by the bite of an infected mosquito that was feeding on an infected bird. At this time no West Nile Virus activity has been reported among birds in the area. However, it is time to prevent mosquito bites and decrease the chances of humans being infected.

Limit outdoor activities between dusk and dawn, use mosquito repellent and wear long sleeves and pants when outdoors. Standing water should be removed as it provides a place for mosquito breeding. As fall school activities are starting up, remember to protect yourself and family by taking proper precautions to stay safe.

West Nile Virus has flu-like symptoms such as fever, headache, body aches, swollen lymph nodes and rash. About one in 150 people will develop severe illness. The elderly and people with compromised immune systems are at the highest risk for becoming seriously ill if infected with West Nile.

For more information on West Nile virus contact the Elkhorn Logan Valley Public Health Department at 402-529-2233.

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Elkhorn Logan Valley
Public Health Department
2104 21st Circle / PO Box 779, Wisner, NE 68791
Phone: 402.529.2233  - or -  877.379.4400
Fax: 402.529.2211
After Hours: 402.841.8110