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Health Department confirms first human case of West Nile virus in Douglas County in 2019



The Department of Health confirms the first human case of the West Nile virus in Douglas County in 2019.


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VIRUS HAS ALREADY TOTALLY TURNED. KETV NEWSWATCH 7'S NIYAH GONZALEZ BRINGS US STAND-STAN WAY TO RESTORE. NIYAH: 60 YEARS OF STAN MAC THROUGH PHYSICAL THERAPY AT AMBASSADOR HEALTH NEAR 72ND AND SEWARD STREET. >> I can get up. I can not move my feet MY FEET HAVE THE FEELING TO BE STICKED TO THE GROUND. >> IF HE COMES THE FIRST TIME HERE, HE CAN NOT FEED HIMSELF. HE WAS VERY LETHARG, VERY, VERY OUT. NIYAH: BUT MAC'S WIFE, KATHY SAYS, HE WAS ALWAYS HEALTHY. >> THE MAN IS COMING HERE WITH SIX PACK ABS. I mean, he was the epitome of health. NO HEALTH QUESTIONS, WHATEVER NIYAH HAVE: LAST AUGUST HE GOT SUDDENLY A FAILURE. >> He said, "I think I have shingles." And I said, "I do not think that's shingles, I'll take a BENADRY – BENADRYL." I just do not think too much about it. NIYAH: DAYS LONGER HE WAS EXTREMELY ILL. >> He could hardly stand, was sick, but he was getting weaker and weaker. NIYAH: FINALLY MAC FOLLOWED ONE WEEK LATER, HE WAS IDENTIFIED WITH WEST NIL VIRUS. >> He just bit on a mosquito. NIYAH: THE VIRUS HAS TAKEN INTO HIS RESPIRATORY AND NEUROLOGICAL SYSTEMS. >> He absolutely had to be in the intensive care unit and intubated. HE WAS A LONG TIME WITHOUT EATING, DRINKING, TALKING, EVERYTHING. Niya: The respiratory therapist's team took a deep breath and he says it's time to go for a walk again. >> NOTHING WAS EASY, EVERYTHING WAS VERY HEAVY. NIYAH: AND THE MACS WANT TO RESERVE THEM. >> WE'RE JUST BROKEN AWARENESS, WEAR THE DEET WHEN YOU'RE OUT, BECAUSE YOU'RE LOOKING WHAT YOU'VE HAVE. NIYAH: IN OMAHA, NIYAH GONZALEZ, KETV NEWSWAT

The Department of Health confirms the first human case of the West Nile virus in Douglas County in 2019.

The first human case of West Nile virus in Douglas County in 2019 was reported by officials from the Douglas County Health Department. Officials said the person was a man over 50 years old. The man was not hospitalized. Officials reported that there were high levels of mosquitoes and multiple samples of infected mosquitoes near Zorinsky Lake Park and Seymour Smith Park. Most people who are infected with the virus have no symptoms or mild symptoms such as fever, headache or rash. Fewer than one in 150 people will be seriously ill. People with weakened immune systems are more susceptible to the disease. People over the age of 50 are more likely to suffer serious consequences of the disease. The authorities have issued the following guidelines to protect against mosquito bites: Use a mosquito repellent containing DEET, picaridine or lemon eucalyptus oil. Be sure to follow the instructions on the label. Minimize your outdoor activities at dawn and dawn when the mosquitoes are most active. Wear loose, long-sleeved shirts and pants, shoes and socks when you are outdoors near your home: remove all standing water near your home. Empty buckets and pet dishes daily and bird baths weekly. Remove weeds and anything else that could interfere with the proper drainage of water. Follow proper swimming pool maintenance procedures and keep the water moving in ponds or wells.

The first human case of the West Nile virus was reported in 2019, according to officials from the Department of Health of Douglas County.

Officials said the affected person was a man over 50 years old. The man was not hospitalized.

According to officials, large numbers of mosquitoes and several samples of infected mosquitoes have settled near Zorinsky Lake Park and Seymour Smith Park.

West Nile virus cases usually take late in summer and early fall.

Most individuals infected with the virus have no symptoms or mild symptoms such as fever, headache or rash. Fewer than one in 150 people will be seriously ill.

People with weakened immune systems are more susceptible to the disease. People over the age of 50 also suffer more often from serious consequences of the disease.

To protect against mosquito bites, officials issued the following guidelines:

  • Apply a mosquito repellent containing DEET, Picaridin, or Lemon oil Eucalyptus. Be sure to follow the instructions on the label.
  • Minimize your activities at dusk and outdoors when mosquitoes are most active.
  • Wear loose, long-sleeved shirts and pants, shoes and socks when outdoors.

Here are steps to prevent the mosquito populations from growing near your home:

  • Remove any stagnant water near your home.
  • Empty buckets and pet dishes daily and bathe birds weekly.
  • Eliminate weeds and anything else This can interfere with the proper flow of water.
  • Follow instructions for proper pool maintenance and keep the water moving in ponds or fountains.


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