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No Cases Of West Nile So Far This Year, But We're Not Out Of The Woods Yet

Sep 8, 2020

Credit Norfolk Daily News

There have been no cases of the mosquito-borne West Nile virus so far this year in Nebraska. An insect-transmitted illness expert at Nebraska's health department told the Lincoln Journal Star that it's unusual to have no cases by this time. Disease scientist Jeff Hamik says a cool spring might have delayed mosquito breeding, resulting in the longest period without a pool of West Nile-positive mosquitoes in Nebraska history. But Hamik says West Nile cases will start cropping up soon. Most people with West Nile virus don't have symptoms. It can cause flu-like symptoms and sometimes leads to severe illness.