Preventing the West Nile Virus

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HEMINGFORD, Neb. June officially begins the start of mosquito season.

In 2018, the state of Nebraska reported 242 human cases of West Nile Virus. You can prevent it by wearing long sleeves, avoid going out at dawn and dusk and keep window screens repaired. (Brian Sherrod, KNEP)

The Panhandle Public Health District will begin West Nile Virus surveillance activities to monitor the presence of the virus in the Panhandle.

In 2018, the state of Nebraska reported 242 human cases of WNV.

Panhandle residents are urged to exercise caution when outdoors.

To avoid mosquito bites, PPHD recommends:
• Applying mosquito repellent containing DEET, picaridin or oil of lemon eucalyptus;
• Wearing long-sleeved shirt, pants and socks;
• Avoiding going out at dawn and dusk when mosquitoes are most active;
• Eliminating standing water to reduce mosquito breeding sites
• Keep window screens in good repair, and;
• Use larvicides that contain Bacillus thuringiensis in standing water that is not easily drainable.

Prevention is the best way to keep you and your family protected against WNV.

Call or visit the Panhandle Public Health District office in Hemingford to receive wipe towelettes for your next ball game, trip to the lake, or camping trip and help fight the bite this summer.

To report a dead bird or to request further information on West Nile virus, please visit www.pphd.org or call 308-487-3600 x108 or toll free 866-701-7173.