For the first time this year, the West Nile virus has been found in mosquito pools in the Omaha metro area, the Douglas County Health Department said Friday.

The infected pools include two in Seymour Smith Park and two in Zorinsky Lake Park.

The Health Department said high populations of mosquitoes have been reported since May.

Last year, Nebraska had a nation-high 245 human cases of West Nile, with 71 in Douglas County. 

To reduce your chances of mosquito bites, the Health Department suggests:

  • Following label instructions, apply a mosquito repellent containing DEET, picaridin or oil of lemon eucalyptus.
  • 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’re outdoors.

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