AUBURN – With summer in full swing, the Southeast District Health Department is reminding residents to protect themselves from possible West Nile Virus infection.

"People should definitely take precautions against mosquito bites,” said Kay Oestmann, Director of the Southeast District Health Department. “It only takes one bite to infect you.”

Less than one out of 100 people bitten by an infected mosquito become seriously ill, but everyone should be vigilant.  
West Nile symptoms include flu-like symptoms with fever, headaches, and muscle weakness, however most of those infected have no symptoms or only mild flu-like symptoms.  The more serious complications from West Nile encephalitis include swelling of the brain and associated symptoms such as disorientation and paralysis.

To avoid mosquito bites, the Southeast District Health Department recommends:  
- Applying mosquito repellent containing DEET, picaridin or oil of lemon eucalyptus
- Wearing long-sleeved shirt, pants, and socks
- Avoiding going out at dawn and dusk when mosquitoes are most active
- Eliminating standing water to reduce mosquito breeding sites

The Southeast District Health Department is located at 2511 Schneider Avenue,        Auburn, Nebraska 68305. For more information, call (877) 777-0424 or (402) 274-3993 or visit