(Neb.)-West Nile Detected In Sheridan County
(Rushville)-Although precipitation in the area has been minimal this year, there has still been enough standing water for mosquitoes to breed, and according to the Panhandle Public Health District, a mosquito pool in Sheridan County has tested positive for West Nile Virus.
The virus is transmitted to humans through the bite of a mosquito that has picked it up by feeding on an infected bird. There are precautions that people can take to keep from being bitten by mosquitoes, including wearing long sleeved shirts, long pants, shoes and socks; using a mosquito repellant that contains DEET; getting rid of standing water; and adding larvicides to animal drinking troughs.
Symptoms of West Nile include flu-like symptoms such as fever and muscle weakness, and extreme symptoms would include inflammation of the brain, disorientation, convulsions and paralysis. For more information, go to the PPHD web page at pphd.org.
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