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West Nile virus confirmed in Jefferson County

A mosquito in Jefferson County, Nebraska recently tested positive for West Nile Virus.  This was the first mosquito to test positive this year for West Nile in the five county PHS District which includes Gage and Jefferson Counties. Emergency Response Coordinator Kim Plouzek said it’s a good time for individuals to become vigilant in minimizing mosquito bites.  There are several simple things you can do to reduce you chance of being bitten.   Reduce outside activity during dusk and dawn hours when mosquitos are most active; wear repellent containing DEET, picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus or IR3535; and wear long-sleeved shirts, pants and socks. Plouzek said that for the bulk of the population, any illness caused by the West Nile virus will be mild. People over the age of 50 and those with weakened immune systems are more vulnerable to disease and more likely to experience serious results. Common symptoms for a mild case include fatigue, headache, body ache and sore throat. Plouzek said common symptoms don’t require a visit the doctor. If the symptoms should worsen, however, or if there’s a lack of recovery, then a visit to the doctor might be in order.

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