Western Nebraska Observer - Observations all along the line - Kimball & the Southern Panhandle First

By Jacob Misener

Five Nebraska counties test positive for West Nile in mosquitoes


Western Nebraska Observer

Authorities recommend the emptying of bird baths, kiddie pools and buckets to prevent drawing mosquitoes near homes and businesses during summer months.

Five Nebraska counties have reported cases of the West Nile virus in the past two weeks, including Scotts Bluff, Dawson, Garden, Sheridan and Webster Counties.

All of these positive tests were found in mosquitos, but it is during the months of August and September that humans oftentimes test positive for the disease, due to the cycle it must run through first; from birds to mosquitos, then to humans.

According to Kerry Ferguson, Community Relations Director at Kimball Health Services, no cases have yet been reported to local authorities.

“We have not had anyone come in with a positive...

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