Mosquito time has safety at forefront

West Nile Virus can be concern in Panhandle


James Gathany / Centers For Disease Control And Prevention

Dr. Terrence Tumpey, one of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's staff microbiologists, examines a specimen vial while in a Biosafety Level 3-enhanced laboratory setting.

It's officially mosquito season. The first positive test for West Nile Virus was reported in Webster County in June.

With the summer thunderstorms and warm weather, the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services is taking steps to help Nebraskans protect themselves from the 50 different species of mosquitoes in Nebraska.

"We spend more time outdoors over the Fourth of July and throughout the summer that increases our chances of mosquito and other bug bites," said Dr. Tom Safranek, a state epidemiologist for the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services. "Remember to take simpl...

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