Human West Nile Case In Lincoln Co.Written by Kent Winder
Lincoln County confirmed its first human case of West Nile in two years.
Officials at the West Central District Health Department say a woman in her 50's from Lincoln County was recently hospitalized with West Nile.
This is the first case reported in Lincoln County and the sixth case reported statewide.
There are positive results in all of the mosquito pools the West Central District Health Department tests in North Platte.
“Out of the seven sites we trap in we have had all seven sites report positive for West Nile mosquitoes.
We haven't had any birds test positive at this point but now we do have a human case.
We know it is here so what we can do is educate our community on how we can protect ourselves from the mosquitoes,” said Cindy Glos, WCDHD Assistant Director
Glos says there are not as many mosquitos this year but the one positive West Nile result means you should take precautions.
“We still want you to be wearing your mosquito repellent when you are out especially in the evening when the mosquitoes are at their thickest. Wear long sleeves if you have to be outside. I know the weather has been very warm but here lately it has been a little cooler so we should be able to do that.
Remove any standing water you have on your property.If you have a bird bath make sure you are changing water regularly and not just letting it sit there and be stagnant that is where the mosquitoes are going to continue to breed is in that stagnant water,” said Glos.