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Mosquito Traps Help Track West Nile Virus

Mosquito Traps Help Track West Nile Virus

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Paul Gutierrez

OMAHA (KPTM) - The Douglas County Health Department is doing its part to help track West Nile Virus in Nebraska.

No cases have been confirmed yet, but with the aid of carbon dioxide traps health experts are hoping to catch and kill as many pesky mosquitoes as possible before they catch you.

"Their numbers grow as Summer goes on," said Reid Steinkrause at the health department.  "The traps we're using actually attract mosquitoes because they're attracted to that gas."

From the trap to a research lab in Lincoln, thousands of these pests will get tested to see if they're carrying a potentially deadly disease.

"It's definitely something I think about," stated Jennifer Lempke, whose son was bitten by a mosquito Wednesday night.  "I gave him some Benadryl just to hopefully take down the swelling and help with the itch that he's experiencing right now."

Health officials recommend to everyone that you wear long pants, long shirts and bug repellent when you're near wooded areas.  West Nile Virus can cause flu-like symptoms even in the healthiest people.

 

 

 

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