West Nile Virus | Wellness & Prevention
Humans contract West Nile virus (WNV) through the bite of mosquitoes. Symptoms may vary from mild (abdominal pain, diarrhea, fever, headache, etc.) to severe (confusion, coma, muscle weakness, etc.). While there are approximately 50 different species of mosquitoes in Nebraska, most mosquitoes do not transmit WNV.

SWNPHD works with the State of Nebraska to track the presence of WNV through mosquito trapping and dead bird collection during the summer months. Mosquitoes and dead birds are sent to the state laboratory for testing. This information helps combat the spread of WNV.

Public awareness and education is brought through newspaper and radio medium, as well as, Health Educators presenting to organizational groups and health fairs.

Although the chances of a person becoming ill are small, there are some simple steps you can take to reduce them even further:

Personal Protection Homeowner Control Tips

Other Resources

West Nile Innovator Vaccines: https://www.zoetisus.com/products/horses/west-nile-equine-vaccine-for-horses.aspx

DEET Fact Sheet

CDC: Preventing Tick Bites on People