West Nile virus takes over in Butler county

West Nile virus has been confirmed in mosquitoes in Butler County.

The virus was detected in mosquitoes trapped by Four Corners Health Department, the organization said Friday in a news release. Four Corners tests mosquitoes each summer throughout its service area, which includes Butler, Polk, Seward and York counties.

Executive Director Vicki Duey said a larger number of mosquitoes is present this year in all four counties, “so even if the virus has not yet been caught in the other counties, it does not mean that it’s not there.”

“We all need to take care to protect ourselves from insect bites,” she said.

West Nile virus has also been confirmed in other Nebraska counties and one human case has been reported in the state this year.

Signs of the virus in humans include fever, headaches, body aches, skin rash and swollen lymph glands. More severe symptoms include high fever, neck stiffness, confusion, tremors, convulsions and paralysis.

Four Corners Health Department recommends these tips to prevent mosquito bites:

* Use a bug spray containing DEET, picaridin, lemon eucalyptus oil or IR3535.

* Wear long-sleeved shirts, pants and socks while outside.

* Limit outdoor activities during dusk and dawn, when mosquitoes are most active.

For more information on the virus, contact:

the health department at 402-362-2621

or

email questions@fourcorners.ne.gov.

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