Scotts Bluff mosquitos tested positive for St. Louis encephalitis

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SCOTTS BLUFF COUNTY, Neb. Mosquitoes that were trapped at a site within Scotts Bluff County have tested positive for St. Louis encephalitis.

The virus is found in birds which can then be contracted by mosquitoes and passed on to humans. Symptoms include fever, disorientation and vomiting. (Brian Sherrod, KNEP)

This is the first positive confirmation in mosquitoes so far this year.

St. Louis encephalitis is endemic to Nebraska but outbreaks are rare and occur only periodically.

The virus is found in birds which can then be contracted by mosquitoes and passed on to humans.

Symptoms include fever, headache, stiff neck, disorientation, vomiting, and tiredness but people may not display them.

Severe symptoms such as encephalitis, convulsions and paralysis.

Symptoms can start to develop in an individual 5 to 15 days after being bitten by a mosquito with the infection.

To help reduce contact with the virus, use mosquito repellent that contains DEET, wear long sleeved shirts, long pants, shoes and socks, take extra precautions when traveling at dawn and dusk and get rid of standing water.