First West Nile case confirmed in Sarpy County

The first case of West Nile Virus has been confirmed in Sarpy County, according to the Sarpy/Cass Health Department.The individual with the confirmed case is under 40 years old and was not hospitalized.The department usually sees about four cases a year, but in 2018, they investigated a total of 42 cases.West Nile virus is transmitted to people through infected mosquitoes. In Nebraska, most infections take place from June through September. Here are some tips to avoid mosquito bites: • Limit outdoor activity during dusk and dawn when mosquitoes are most active.• Reduce the amount of exposed skin by wearing long sleeved shirts and pants and cover infant strollers, cribs, and baby carriers with nets.• Cover exposed skin with an EPA-approved insect repellent containing DEET, picaridin, or oil of lemon eucalyptus.• Install or repair screens on windows and doors. Use air conditioning, if you have it.• Empty standing water from items outside your home such as flowerpots, buckets, and kiddie pools.

The first case of West Nile Virus has been confirmed in Sarpy County, according to the Sarpy/Cass Health Department.

The individual with the confirmed case is under 40 years old and was not hospitalized.

The department usually sees about four cases a year, but in 2018, they investigated a total of 42 cases.

West Nile virus is transmitted to people through infected mosquitoes.

In Nebraska, most infections take place from June through September.

Here are some tips to avoid mosquito bites:

• Limit outdoor activity during dusk and dawn when mosquitoes are most active.

• Reduce the amount of exposed skin by wearing long sleeved shirts and pants and cover infant strollers, cribs, and baby carriers with nets.

• Cover exposed skin with an EPA-approved insect repellent containing DEET, picaridin, or oil of lemon eucalyptus.

• Install or repair screens on windows and doors. Use air conditioning, if you have it.

• Empty standing water from items outside your home such as flowerpots, buckets, and kiddie pools.