Is West Nile Still a Concern?

In Nebraska, West Nile is still a major concern of diseases we can get from mosquito bites. There are no vaccines to prevent or medications to treat WNV in people. Fortunately, most people infected with WNV do not have symptoms. About 1 in 5 people who are infected develop a fever and other symptoms.

West Nile virus 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.

We want everyone to remember that we need to take steps to protect ourselves from mosquito bites.

To fight the bite:

  • Use mosquito repellent containing DEET, picaridin, or oil of lemon eucalyptus.
  • Remove 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 weekly basis.
  • Add larvicides (in the form of pellets 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.
  • Avoid outdoor activities at dusk and dawn when mosquitoes are most active.
  • Wear long-sleeved shirts, pants, shoes and socks.
  • Ensure that window and door screens are in good repair.

Four Corners will continue to test mosquito pools and take reports of all species of dead birds.

If you have questions about West Nile virus, call the Four Corners Health Department at 362-2621 or toll free (877) 337-3573, or by e-mail at