A human case of West Nile Virus is confirmed in the Panhandle

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SCOTTS BLUFF COUNTY, Neb. - (KNEP) - The Department of Health and Human Services is reporting a human case of West Nile Virus has been found in the Panhandle.

The Central District Health Department announced Monday they found the West Nile Virus in a Hall County mosquito. (Credit: Alicia Naspretto, KSNB)

Pools of mosquitos have been tested in Box Butte, Garden, Dawes and Scotts Bluff County. DHHS confirms the information reported by Panhandle Public Health District that Box Butte and Garden tested positive with Scotts Bluff and Dawes testing negative for the disease.

On Tuesday, DHHS reported a human clinical test confirms a positive result of the disease in Scotts Bluff County. They stated the case was a male between 51-64 and was not hospitalized. The individual has a travel history but it isn't known the exact origin of the bite.

Last year, DHHS reported one individual testing positive in early July.

DHHS always encourages prevention
· We always encourage people to take precautions to help prevent mosquito bites like wearing repellent.
· Mosquitoes don't advertise they're infected.
· Because WNV is basically part of the Nebraska landscape every season, a person still has a higher risk of acquiring WNV here than in a state that has less of the disease.

Preventive tips:
Wear mosquito repellent when you go outside. Repellents containing DEET, picaridin, IR3535 and some lemon eucalyptus and para-menthane-diol products provide longer-lasting protection.

Dress in long-sleeved shirts, pants and socks when you’re outside.
Dusk and dawn are times when mosquitoes are most active. Limit outdoor activities during these times.

Drain standing water around your home. Standing water and warm weather breed mosquitoes.