August 20 is World Mosquito Day. This day has been recognized since 1897 when the link between mosquitoes and malaria transmission was first discovered. Since then, public health practitioners have been studying other mosquito-borne viruses like West Nile Virus, Dengue, Chikungunya, and Zika. Mosquitoes can spread these viruses to people and animals, and most effective way to avoid getting sick is to prevent mosquito bites.
In Nebraska, the transmission of mosquito-bone viruses like West Nile Virus typically occurs between June and October. The Sarpy/Cass Health Department investigates on average four West Nile Virus-related cases each season. This year, the Department has seen six cases to date and recommend the following tips to keep you and your family safe:
* Limit outdoor activities during dusk and dawn when mosquitoes are most active.
* Wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants.
* Wear insect repellent with DEET, Picaridin, or Oil of Lemon Eucalyptus.
* Get rid of standing water where mosquitoes breed.