Monday, September 24, 2018
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Dawson County mosquitoes test positive for West Nile

Officials from Two Rivers Public Health Department say mosquitoes testing positive for West Nile virus have been found in Dawson County.

At this time, there has been one positive human case in Nebraska, although not from the Two Rivers District. It is important to remember that most of human West Nile cases are reported in August and September.

West Nile virus is spread to people after they are bitten by a mosquito that has the virus.

It is important to reduce the chance of being bitten by mosquitoes. Be especially cautious in the mornings and evenings, because this is when mosquitoes are more active.

Wear lightweight, long-sleeved shirts and pants and be sure to wear insect repellent containing DEET, IR3535, oil of eucalyptus or picaridin.

Some recommendations for using DEET are:

Do not use a product that combines insect repellent and sun screen.

Read all instructions on the label before applying.

Apply DEET on exposed skin; do not use under clothing.

Do not use DEET over cuts, wounds or irritated skin.

Wash skin with soap and water after returning indoors; wash treated clothing.

Do not let children apply DEET.

Do not use DEET on the hands of young children; do not apply around the eyes and mouth.

Do not apply directly on children. Apply to hands and then put it on the child.

West Nile virus may cause fever, headache, body aches, nausea, vomiting and sometimes swollen lymph glands or a skin rash on the chest, stomach and back. These may last a few days.

A few people will develop severe illness and may have high fever, headache, neck stiffness, stupor, disorientation, coma, tremors, convulsions, muscle weakness, vision loss, numbness and paralysis. These problems may last several weeks and patients should seek medical attention.

Two Rivers Public Health Department assesses and monitors the health status of the district and facilitates linking resources to assure health promotion, prevention and protection for the people within Buffalo, Dawson, Franklin, Gosper, Harlan, Kearney, and Phelps counties.