Human West Nile Case Reported in the Panhandle
SCOTTSBLUFF, Neb. (Press Release) - The first human case of West Nile virus for the Panhandle has been reported. There are now two cases of human West Nile in Nebraska along with one case of human blood donor that was positive. West Nile is transmitted through the bite of a mosquito that has picked up the virus by feeding on an infected bird. West Nile symptoms have common symptoms as the flu, such as fever and muscle weakness. More serious symptoms include inflammation of the brain, disorientation, convulsions, and paralysis. Those who are over 50 with weakened immune systems are more vulnerable.
The Panhandle Public Health District recommends to practice prevention of mosquito bites by:
· Applying mosquito repellent containing DEET, picaridin or oil of lemon eucalyptus;
· Wearing long-sleeved shirts, pants and socks;
· Avoiding going out at dawn and dusk when mosquitoes are most active; and
· Eliminating standing water to reduce mosquito breeding sites
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