North Central District Health Department has confirmed its first human case of West Nile virus in Holt County.

Mosquito numbers have risen in the last month, especially in areas that tend to have standing water where mosquitoes can breed. NCDHD encourages everyone to eliminate any free standing water in an effort to slow down breeding sites.

NCDHD is wanting the public to “Cover Yourself from West Nile Virus.”

"We are urging you to cover up with light-weight, long sleeved shirts, long pants and spray insect repellant containing DEET while enjoying outdoor activities. This is especially important during sun-up and sun-down when mosquitoes are most active. Cover yourself and your families from the bite of mosquitoes and 'Fight the Bite!' of West Nile virus. These precautions should hold until late October when mosquito activity declines," said Elizabeth Parks RN, BSN, disease surveillance coordinator and public health nurse at NCDHD.

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