West Nile virus transmission happens when infected mosquitoes feed on animals, including humans, after having fed on infected birds.
The Department of Health and Human Services has confirmed a woman in Nebraska has died of West Nile virus.More news: Did Lil Wayne Just Quit The blink-182 Tour?
Most people infected with West Nile virus do not develop any symptoms, according to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. "So with all the mosquito activity right now and monsoon season coming up, yeah we're a expecting pretty heavy season".
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Residents are being reminded to use mosquito repellent when outdoors and should remove any standing water outside the home, such as in potted plants and pet dishes.
DHHS collected and tested mosquitoes in that surrounding area and said none came back positive for West Nile. Those who do develop symptoms usually experience a flu-like illness including fever, headache, body aches and muscle weakness. They can develop encephalitis, which is an inflammation of the brain, or meningitis, an inflammation of the membranes that surround the brain and spinal cord, according to the CDC. Those who are over 60 years old, have underlying medical conditions or depressed immune systems are at higher risk for the more severe form of West Nile virus. These severe cases can lead to permanent paralysis or death. ADPH routinely reports WNV cases and other mosquito-borne diseases statewide. State epidemiologists said this an unusual case and appears to be an anomaly.More news: Over 370000 sign petition to release rapper A$AP Rocky