Reduce West Nile exposure
Southwest Nebraska Public Health Department (SWNPHD) reminds people to protect themselves and horses against West Nile Virus this summer which is spread through the bite of a mosquito.
In 2013, 226 human clinical cases and five deaths were reported through the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), Division of Public Health. There were 1,100 positives in horses during the 2002 outbreak.
Surveillance data is provided by trapping mosquitoes in Chase and Red Willow counties.
Use repellent as a good defense. The most effective repellents contain DEET. Wearlong-sleeved shirts, pants and socks and avoid outdoor activity around dawn and dusk.
Eliminating their breeding grounds.
• Drain children’s wading pools when not in use
• Replace water in bird baths every three to four days
• Drill a hole in tire swings or recycling containers
• Check for clogged rain gutters (roof gutters can produce millions of mosquitoes)
• Remove tires, and other items that could collect water • Clean vegetation and debris from the edges of ponds.