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(Neb)-Neb Records First West Nile Death, First Panhandle Case

By: John Axtell Posted at: 08/01/2019 11:38 AM
LINCOLN, Neb. - The Nebraska Dept of Health and Human Services has confirmed 2 more human cases of West Nile Virus in the state, including 1 in the Panhandle and Nebraska's first West Nile death of the year.

      Identities have not been released, but the 2 latest human cases were reported in Scotts Bluff County and the 9-county North Central Health District. The state's first case, confirmed a week earlier, was in the Douglas County-Omaha area.

       DHHS says two of the 3 cases were male with two in the 51-to-64 age category and the other the 26-50 category. One of the 3 was hospitalized by West Nile.

      The department also tracks the testing of mosquito pools across the state for the presence of the virus and pools in both Garden and Box Butte Counties have tested positive.

        Nebraska had 242 human cases of West Nile Virus last year, 137 male and 105 female, with 11 deaths and 109 hospitalizations.


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