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West Nile Virus

West Nile Virus is usually transmitted to people through mosquito bites. The mosquitoes are infected with west nile virus through biting infected animals, especially birds.  Once a person is infected with west nile virus,  only about 2 out of 10 people will actually have symptoms of west nile.  The people who do have symptoms may have a fever, headache, body aches, vomiting, diarrhea, or rash.  Most people with this type of west nile virus completely recover. 

The people who are most at risk for west nile virus symptoms are people who are 60 years of age or older, although illness can occur in people of any age. 

There are several easy steps to take to ensure that you are not at risk for the virus.  Two Rivers Public Health Department recommends that you use bug spray containing one of the following EPA certified ingredients: DEET, Picaridin, IR3535, oil of lemon eucalyptus or para-methane-diol, or 2-undecanone. You can use this tool to find a list of EPA certified bug sprays.   When possible, wear long sleeves and long pants. Protect your children by following instructions on the bug spray label an by using mosquito netting on strollers, cribs, and baby carriers. For more information about West Nile click here.

Arboviruses are any of a group of viruses that are transmitted by mosquitoes, ticks, or other arthropods.  This group of viruses include: zika, west nile virus, dengue, yellow fever,   The most common arbovirus in Nebraska is west nile virus. 

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