FREMONT – After wrapping up the final week of mosquito trapping this season, Three Rivers Public Health Department reports no West Nile virus-positive mosquito pools were detected in any of the five trapping sites in Dodge County.
While West Nile virus has not been detected in Dodge County, it has been detected in surrounding jurisdictions including Douglas County and the Elkhorn Logan Valley Public Health Department jurisdiction. As transmission of West Nile virus will continue to be a concern until the first hard frost of the season, the public should continue to avoid and prevent mosquito bites.
Transmission of West Nile virus occurs through the bite of a mosquito that has acquired the virus by feeding on an infected bird. In turn, the mosquito can pass the virus to humans. West Nile virus cannot be passed from a dead bird to a human. The best thing the public can do to protect themselves from West Nile virus is to avoid mosquitoes.
Most people who are infected have no symptoms or only mild flu-like symptoms. About one out of 150 people infected with West Nile virus become severely ill. However, people over 50, and those with weakened immune systems, are especially vulnerable to the disease and are more likely to experience serious consequences.
People can reduce their risk by the following steps.
- Using a repellant that contains DEET. The CDC also has approved picaridin and oil of lemon eucalyptus. The CDC generally recommends that when using sunscreen and repellant, the sunscreen should be applied first. Products that combine sunscreen and repellant are not recommended.
- Wearing long-sleeved shirts, long pants, shoes, and socks.
- Taking extra precautions when going outdoors at dawn and dusk when mosquitoes are most active.
- Removing standing water where mosquitoes breed.
Free mosquito wipes and mosquito dunks are still available to residents of Dodge, Washington, and Saunders counties. Mosquito wipes and mosquito dunks can be picked up at Three Rivers Public Health Department located at 2400 N. Lincoln Ave, Fremont, NE 68025. Mosquito wipes have also been distributed to various community locations throughout the Three Rivers jurisdiction.
For more information, call Three Rivers Public Health Department at 402-727-5396 or visit www.threeriverspublichealth.org. Additional information can be found on the Department of Health & Human Services Website at http://dhhs.ne.gov/publichealth/Pages/wnv.aspx.