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West Nile Virus Found in Madison County Mosquitoes

Monday, August 19, 2019

One mosquito pool in Madison County that tested positive for West Nile Virus has been reported to the Elkhorn Logan Valley Public Health Department (ELVPHD). Positive West Nile samples are most often reported as summer draws to an end during August and September. Humans get West Nile Virus after being bitten by an infected mosquito that was feeding on an infected bird. 

Since we know West Nile Virus is in the area, ELVPHD will no longer be collecting dead birds for West Nile Virus Testing. There is still a limited supply of FREE mosquito wipes and dunks (to put in ponds or any standing water) available at ELVPHD locations in Wisner, Norfolk and Tekamah. The addresses are listed below.

·         ELVPHD Norfolk Office—302 Phillip Avenue Suite 100, Norfolk

·         ELVPHD Wisner Office – 2104 21st Circle, Wisner

·         ELVPHD Tekamah Office—1121 S. 13th St, Tekamah

The best way to prevent West Nile Virus is to prevent mosquito bites. 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. West Nile Virus has flu-like symptoms such as fever, headache, body aches, and rash. Less than 1% of infected people will develop a severe illness. Older adults and people with compromised immune systems are at the highest risk for becoming seriously ill if infected with West Nile. Contact the Elkhorn Logan Valley Public Health Department at 402-529-2233 for more information.

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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