West Nile Virus: First Cases In Nebraska Reported

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West Nile Virus

The first cases of West Nile virus have been reported to the Nebraska Health and Human Services System.

The two cases involve males between the ages of 26 and 64, one a resident of Lincoln County and one of Platte County.

West Nile is transmitted through the bite of a mosquito that has picked up the virus by feeding on an infected bird.

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"People should definitely take precautions against mosquito bites," said Dr. Annette Bredthauer, the state's public health veterinarian, "no matter what area of the state they live in. It only takes one bite to infect you."

The first mosquitoes to test positive for West Nile virus have been found in Holt County in the north-central part of Nebraska.

The HHS System tests mosquitoes and birds to determine the level of virus in the state.

West Nile is transmitted through the bite of a mosquito that has picked up the virus by feeding on an infected bird.

To avoid mosquito bites, HHSS recommends:

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