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Mosquito pool in Gage County tests positive for West Nile virus

September 13, 2018

A mosquito pool collected in Gage County tested positive for West Nile virus, according to the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services on Wednesday.

This is the season’s first report of a positive mosquito pool in the Public Health Services district, which covers Fillmore, Gage, Jefferson, Saline and Thayer counties, a PHS press release stated.

West Nile virus is most commonly transmitted to people through the bite of an infected mosquito, according to PHS. There are no vaccines to prevent the virus or medications to treat it.

Most people who contract the virus do not have symptoms, the release stated. About 1 in 5 people who are infected will develop a fever and other symptoms.

About 1 in 150 people develop a serious, sometimes fatal, illness.

Late summer marks a period of increased West Nile virus cases in the area. PHS recommends taking steps to prevent mosquito bites as the best defense against the virus:

Use insect repellents containing Deet while outdoors.Wear long-sleeved shirts, pants and socks when outdoors.Avoid going out at dawn and dusk, when mosquitoes are most active.Eliminate standing water around your homes and in the community.

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