West Nile Virus

West Nile Virus is the leading disease carried by mosquitos in the continental United States. It is spread through the bite of a mosquito that has picked up the virus by feeding on an infected bird.  In turn, the mosquito can pass the virus to humans.  Finding the virus in birds gives an indicator to public health officials of the level of the virus in the area and the risk to human beings of getting the disease.

The best way to prevent West Nile Virus is to take steps to protect ourselves from mosquito bites. People can “fight the bite” to reduce their risk of getting West Nile Virus by:

  • Using insect repellant that contains DEET, picaridin, IR3535 or oil of lemon eucalyptus
  • Wearing long-sleeved shirts, pants, shoes and socks when outdoors
  • Taking extra precautions when going outdoors at dawn and dusk when mosquitoes are most active
  • Removing mosquito breeding sites, such as standing water in garbage cans, gutters, ditches, wading pools, tires, flowerpots, or similar water-holding containers. Change water in bird baths on a regular basis
  • Adding larvicides (in the form of pellets, dunks, or donuts to kill mosquito larvae) which can be purchased at most hardware, farm or gardening centers, to animal drinking troughs, water gardens, ornamental fountains, ditches and ponds
  • Checking to make sure window and door screens are in good repair

 For questions or to learn more, call Four Corners at 402-362-2621 or 877-337-3573 or email us at info@fourcorners.ne.gov