NORTH PLATTE, Neb. — West Nile virus has been confirmed in Lincoln County.
The West Central District Health Department verified Thursday that one case in a person had been reported.
Executive Director Shannon Vanderheiden said the department also confirmed the presence of West Nile through weekly mosquito trappings.
“Even when you don't see mosquitoes, they are out there,” Vanderheiden said. “Make sure you're putting on your repellent. Make sure you're wearing long sleeves and long pants at dusk and when it's dark.”
Both Vanderheiden and Dave Boxler, an entomologist with the West Central Research and Extension Center in North Platte, said it is a little early in the summer for West Nile, but people need to be cautious. “You have to be aware because there's always a chance,” Boxler said.