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West Nile Virus Curiously Not Detected Yet in Nebraska This Year

West Nile Virus Curiously Not Detected Yet in Nebraska This Year”

"West Nile virus can be passed through the bite of an infected mosquito and may cause serious illness", said Dr. Karim Kurji, York Region's medical officer of health.

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The most recent statewide trap index for all mosquitoes is down about 50% from the 5-year average, and down by two-thirds for the Culex variety that carries West Nile.

There have been no reported, confirmed or probable human cases of West Nile virus in Ottawa this year. About 20 percent of people who are infected will have mild symptoms like a fever, headache, body aches, joint pain, vomiting, diarrhea, or rash. Serious illnesses, resulting in encephalitis, meningitis and even death, are possible. Elderly and people with weakened immune systems are at higher risk. No vaccine is available for the virus, and the risk of the virus remains until the first hard frost.

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Wear shoes, socks and light-coloured clothing, including long sleeve tops and full-length trousers when outside, especially at dusk or dawn when mosquitoes are most active. Common sources of standing water include bird baths, toys, flower pot saucers, swimming pool covers, old tires, wheelbarrows, buckets and cans. Long sleeves and trousers can be worn for extra precaution, and insect repellent containing 20% or more of DEET is effective for adults. Repellents including oil of lemon eucalyptus or Picaridin can be used as an alternative to DEET.

Spraying from a truck will commence at 10 p.m. Thursday (Aug. 13) and last for approximately three hours, according to a county press release issued Tuesday.

More information is available at the county health department's Division of Environmental Health page under Nuisance Control at or by calling 815-334-4585.

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