The West Central District Health Department in North Platte has received official notification of mosquito collection pools in the district that have tested positive for the West Nile Virus.Currently, there are no human cases in the district, spokeswoman Angela Brown said.
West Nile Virus is spread by infected mosquitoes.
The positive pool results are a reminder of the importance of taking precautions to protect ourselves from mosquito exposure, Brown said.
The best defense against the Virus is protecting yourself with repellant and not giving mosquitoes a place to lay eggs or develop.
• Use DEET up to 30%
• Wear Long Sleeves and Pants
• Drain Standing Water
Here are things you can do around your home.
• Dispose of tin cans, plastic containers, ceramic pots or similar water-holding containers that have collected on your property. Pay special attention to discarded tires. Stagnant water in tires is where most mosquitoes breed.
• Drill holes in the bottom of recycling containers left outdoors.
• Have clogged roof gutters cleaned regularly (spring & fall), particularly if the leaves from surrounding trees have a tendency to plug up the drains. Roof gutters can produce millions of mosquitoes each season.
• Turn over plastic wading pools and wheel barrows when not in use. Don't let water stagnate in birdbaths. These provide breeding habitats for domestic mosquitoes.
• Aerate ornamental pools or stock them with fish. Water gardens can become major mosquito producers if they are allowed to stagnate. Clean and chlorinate swimming pools not in use. A swimming pool left untended by a family on vacation for a month can produce enough mosquitoes to result in neighborhood-wide complaints. Mosquitoes may even breed in the water that collects on pool covers.
• Use landscaping to eliminate standing water that collects on your property. Mosquitoes may breed in any puddle that lasts for more than four days.