Sarpy/Cass County health confirms first case of West Nile Virus

Henrietta Strickland
September 11, 2019

The Sarpy/Cass County Health Department has identified the first case of West Nile infection for the County in the 2019 season. There have been 57 mosquito samples collected that have tested positive for West Nile, according to the health department.

The County sees on average four cases a year, however, in 2018, there were 42 cases recorded, according to the release.

The Coastal Health District reminds citizens that mosquitoes with West Nile are more likely to bite from evening to early morning. "We are urging the public to use precautions against mosquito bites while attending outdoor events", said Hector Gomez, Bureau, Putnam and Marshall County Health Department administrator.

· Reduce the amount of exposed skin by wearing long sleeved shirts and trousers and cover infant strollers, cribs, and baby carriers with nets.

· Cover exposed skin with an EPA-approved insect repellent containing DEET, picaridin, or oil of lemon eucalyptus. "Common symptoms include fever, nausea, headache and muscle aches, however, severe illness including meningi-tis or even death can occur in rare cases".

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