Woman in her 20s hospitalized with Douglas Countys first case of West Nile virus in 2020 – KETV Omaha

Related video above: Man recovers from West Nile after 2 years in hospital careHealth officials said Tuesday a woman in her 20s was hospitalized with Douglas County’s first case of West Nile virus in 2020.The woman had not traveled. She was in the hospital with West Nile meningitis, the more severe form of the disease. She has been released. “Late summer and early fall are typically when West Nile virus cases begin to increase. Last year Douglas County saw only seven cases of the disease after a record 71 cases in 2018,” officials said.To protect yourself from mosquito bites you can:• Apply a mosquito repellant containing DEET, picaridin or oil of lemon eucalyptus. Be sure to follow label instructions.• Minimize your activities outdoors at dusk and dawn when mosquitoes are most active.• Wear loose, long-sleeved shirts, plus pants, shoes and socks when you are outdoors.To prevent mosquitoes from increasing where you live:• Remove all standing water near your home,• Empty buckets and pet dishes daily and bird baths on a weekly basis.• Clear weeds and anything else that may obstruct water from draining properly.• Follow proper swimming pool maintenance procedures and keep water moving in ponds or fountains.On Sept. 11, officials announced the first mosquito sampling in Douglas County had tested positive for the West Nile virus. The sampling, from Seymour L. Smith Park, was included in the most recent group received by the Health Department.

Related video above: Man recovers from West Nile after 2 years in hospital care

Health officials said Tuesday a woman in her 20s was hospitalized with Douglas County’s first case of West Nile virus in 2020.

The woman had not traveled. She was in the hospital with West Nile meningitis, the more severe form of the disease. She has been released.

“Late summer and early fall are typically when West Nile virus cases begin to increase. Last year Douglas County saw only seven cases of the disease after a record 71 cases in 2018,” officials said.

To protect yourself from mosquito bites you can:

• Apply a mosquito repellant containing DEET, picaridin or oil of lemon eucalyptus. Be sure to follow label instructions.

• Minimize your activities outdoors at dusk and dawn when mosquitoes are most active.

• Wear loose, long-sleeved shirts, plus pants, shoes and socks when you are outdoors.

To prevent mosquitoes from increasing where you live:

• Remove all standing water near your home,

• Empty buckets and pet dishes daily and bird baths on a weekly basis.

• Clear weeds and anything else that may obstruct water from draining properly.

• Follow proper swimming pool maintenance procedures and keep water moving in ponds or fountains.

On Sept. 11, officials announced the first mosquito sampling in Douglas County had tested positive for the West Nile virus.

The sampling, from Seymour L. Smith Park, was included in the most recent group received by the Health Department.