West Nile Activities at Three Rivers Public Health Department:
Three Rivers Public Health Department conducts West Nile virus tracking activities, and supplies prevention education materials each summer. During the months of May-October 3RPHD traps mosquitoes at select areas, and collects dead birds for lab testing.
West Nile virus prevention activities are possible through funding provided by the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services.
West Nile Facts:
Most people get infected with West Nile virus by the bite of an infected mosquito. Mosquitoes become infected when they feed on infected birds. Infected mosquitoes can then spread the virus to humans and other animals.
Signs and Symptoms:
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention states that 80% of humans infected with West Nile virus will have no symptoms, while 20% may have flu-like symptoms. West Nile symptoms include flu-like symptoms such as headaches, muscle aches, chills and fever. A small number of people (less than 1%) will have severe neurological illness including high fever, neck stiffness, disorientation, tremors, or seizures which may cause permanent neurological damage.
The best way to prevent West Nile virus is to prevent mosquito bites:
- Use insect repellents (bug spray) with DEET when you go outdoors.
- Wear long-sleeves and pants at dusk and dawn when mosquitoes are most active.
- Remove mosquito breeding sites around your home. Drain standing water from flower pots, birdbaths, wheel barrows, pool covers, pet dishes, and old tires. Clean out roof gutters, especially if the leaves from nearby trees have a tendency to clog the gutters.
For more information visit the CDC West Nile website
Contact Three Rivers Public Health Department at 402-727-5396 to report dead birds between the months of May-October