CHADRON, Neb. (AP) — Health officials in northwest Nebraska say they’ve found West Nile Virus in a dead bird from Box Butte County, a sign the disease is still present in the area.
KQSK reports (http://bit.ly/1fv4un2 ) it’s the first infected bird found in Nebraska this year.
West Nile is passed through the bite of a mosquito that has picked up the virus by feeding on an infected bird.
Panhandle Public Health District Environmental Health Coordinator Tabi Prochazka says it means the virus continues to pose a risk.
The Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services says 22 human cases of West Nile Virus are confirmed in Nebraska this year.
Prochazka says use of mosquito repellant, long-sleeved shirts, long pants, shoes and socks when going outdoors at dawn and dusk help.
Information from: KQSK-FM, http://www.doubleqcountry.com/kqskchadron.html