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Preventing Mosquito Bites
West Nile Virus
West Nile virus is a disease that is spread through infected mosquitoes.
Most people won’t show symptoms of West Nile but in about 20% of infected people symptoms can include:
Severe cases happen in 1 in 150 people and symptoms can include:
In severe cases, parients can get encephalitis (swelling of the brain) or meningitis. It is best to prevent bites before they happen to help prevent these serious illnesses.
Did you know?
Certain types of birds can carry West Nile. Mosquitoes become infected when they feed on infected birds, which the mosquitoes can then pass on to humans.
Periodically checking your property for dead birds can help the Health Department determine if there might be West Nile in your area.
Look for these kinds of birds that are known carriers:
For More Information
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - www.cdc.gov/westnile
Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services - http://dhhs.ne.gov/wnv
Panhandle Public Health District - www.pphd.org
Information provided by Panhandle Public Health District
Sources: NE Dept. of Health and Human Services
Rodrigues et al. 2015. The Efficacy of Some Commercially Available
Insect Repellents for Aedes aegypti (Diptera:Cullicidae) and Aedes albopictures (Diptera:Cullicidae). Journal of Insect Science. Vol 15:140.