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Health Department finds West Nile at two area parks

Posted: 5:41 PM, Jul 19, 2019
Updated: 2019-07-19 18:41:31-04
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OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) — The Douglas County Health Department (DCHD) says they've found the West Nile virus at four locations in two different parks.

They say the positive samples came from two spots in Seymour L. Smith Park and two areas at Lake Zorinskey Lake Park. Prior to today, no positive results had been discovered.

They've offered the following tips to lower your chance of contracting it:

  • Following label instructions, apply a mosquito repellant 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.
  • To prevent mosquitoes from breeding near you
  • Remove standing water whenever possible.
  • Empty buckets and pet dishes on a daily basis and bird baths on a weekly basis.
  • Clear weeds and anything else that may block water from draining properly.
  • Follow proper swimming pool maintenance procedures.
  • Keep water moving in ponds or fountains.