OMAHA, Nebraska – The Three Rivers Public Health Department reported the first human case of West Nile Virus on Thursday, and a third mosquito pool in the area tested positive for the virus.
The third positive mosquito pool was reported in Fremont, Dodge County, per the announcement. The first case was reported on August 11, and the second case was reported on September 8.
“West Nile Virus is a concern, and this is a good reminder to protect yourself and your family from mosquito bites,” said Terra Uhing, Health Director.
The virus is transmitted through the bite of a mosquito that contracted it by feeding on an infected bird. According to the statement, mosquitoes can transmit the virus to humans, but humans cannot contract the virus from a dead bird.
The best thing the public can do to protect themselves from West Nile Virus is to avoid mosquitoes.
The health department at 2400 N. Lincoln Ave. in Fremont provides free mosquito wipes and mosquito dunks to residents of Dodge, Washington, and Saunders County.
Visit the Three Rivers District Health website or dial 402-727-5396 for additional information regarding West Nile Virus.
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