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For Immediate Release:  Media in Cedar, Dixon, Thurston and Wayne Counties

Date:  August 2, 2019

Contact:  Kim Schultz

Email Address: kim@nnphd.org

Mosquito Bites Can Make You Sick

It takes just one bite!  Mosquito borne illnesses such as the West Nile Virus can cause a range of illness from mild to severe, including death.  2019 human infections of West Nile Virus in Nebraska are present with one death reported so far this year.  In 2018, 11 deaths from West Nile Virus occurred in Nebraska and 109 people were hospitalized. 

Zika Virus, another mosquito borne illness, is known to cause severe birth defects and a range of other disabilities and illnesses. Although Zika is not a local threat in Northeast Nebraska, cases of Zika are reported in the United States. Pregnant women should not travel to areas with Zika and both men and women who are trying to become pregnant should take proper precautions when considering travel to areas with Zika; to find out more visit www.cdc.gov/zika/pregnancy. 

To prevent mosquito bites and the diseases they carry, wear long sleeve shirts and pants, use an EPA approved insect repellent and remove standing water or use larvicide where mosquitoes breed. Larvicide is available at local farm supply stores or building supply companies. Northeast Nebraska Public Health Department (NNPHD) is here to help you stay protected from diseases carried by mosquitoes. NNPHD is offering free insect repellent DEET wipes to residents of the health district which serves Cedar, Dixon, Thurston and Wayne Counties. Supplies are limited. Visit the NNPHD office at 215 N Pearl Street in Wayne.

For more information call 402-375-2200 or visit www.cdc.gov/westnile, www.cdc.gov/zika or www.epa.gov/mosquitocontrol . This message is brought to you through funding from the Department of Health and Human Services by Northeast Nebraska Public Health Department.