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First Human Case Of West Nile Encephalitis Reported in Nebraska PDF Print E-mail


CONTACT: Mary Drudik, Public Health Nurse / Surveillance Coordinator

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Amanda Jeffres, Public Health Nurse

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Loup Basin Public Health Department

(308) 346-5795 or (866) 522-5795




The first human case of West Nile encephalitis in Nebraska for 2014 has been detected in a resident of Greeley County in central Nebraska. Four other milder cases of West Nile in humans have been reported throughout the state this year.


West Nile is transmitted through the bite of a mosquito that has picked up the virus by feeding on an infected bird. This year mosquitos have tested positive for West Nile virus in following Nebraska Counties: Cherry, Dawes, Dawson, Lincoln, Phelps, Red Willow, Scotts Bluff and Wayne.


When a person is infected with West Nile virus they may experience a fever, headache, body aches, nausea, vomiting, and sometimes swollen lymph glands or a skin rash on the chest, stomach and back. These symptoms usually last a few days. A few people will develop the more severe West Nile Encephalitis/Meningitis form which often includes high fever, headache, neck stiffness, stupor, disorientation, coma, tremors, convulsions, muscle weakness, vision loss, numbness and paralysis. These problems may last several weeks and you should seek medical attention.


It is important to reduce your chance of being bitten by mosquitoes. Take extra precautions especially during mornings and evenings because this is when mosquitoes are more active. Wear lightweight, long sleeved shirts and pants.  Be sure to wear insect repellent containing DEET, IR3535, Oil of Eucalyptus or Picaridin.


Some recommendations for using DEET are:


• Do not use a product that combines insect repellent and sun screen.

• Read all instructions on the label before applying.

• Use the right concentration for the time you will be outdoors.

• Do not spray in enclosed areas; do not use DEET near food.

• Apply DEET on exposed skin; do not use under clothing.

• Do not use DEET over cuts, wounds or irritated skin.

• Wash skin with soap and water after returning indoors; wash treated clothing.

• Do not let children apply DEET.

• Do not use DEET on the hands of young children; do not apply around the eyes and mouth.

• Do not apply directly on children. Apply to your own hands, and then put it on the child.

• If a person is having a reaction to a product containing DEET, wash the area immediately

and contact your health care provider or a local poison control center.  800-222-1222


For more information, contact Loup Basin Public Health Department at 308-346-5795 or 866-522-5795. Loup Basin Public Health Department serves Blaine, Custer, Garfield, Greeley, Howard, Loup, Sherman, Valley and Wheeler Counties.

Great American Smokeout PDF Print E-mail


The Great American Smokeout

This year, Thursday, November 21, 2013, will mark the 38th GREAT AMERICAN SMOKEOUT.


Each year smokers are encouraged to use the date to make a plan to quit or to plan in

advance an important step towards a healthier life, one that can lead to reducing cancer risk.


Tobacco use remains the single largest preventable cause of disease and premature death

in the U.S., yet about 43.8 million Americans still smoke cigarettes;


Nearly 1 in every 5 adults. As of 2010, there were also 13.2 million cigar smokers in the U.S.

and 2.2 million who smoke tobacco in pipes and other dangerous and addictive forms of tobacco.


More Information About Quitting

Quitting is hard, but you can increase your chances of success with help.

The American Cancer Society can tell you about the steps you can take to quit smoking and provide

quit-smoking programs, resources and support that can increase your chances of quitting successfully.

Call ACS at 1-800-227-2345 to learn about the available tools.

If you want to quit smoking or know someone who does, Nov. 21st is as good a day as any to start a new tobacco-free life.

For more information, contact the American Cancer Society, American Lung Association or your health care provider.

By asking someone not to smoke for one day, the hope is that they will see they can quit and build on it day by day.

The Nebraska Tobacco Quitline can help you quit tobacco for good.

The toll-free Quitline, 1-800-784-8669 (1-800-QUIT-NOW), gives Nebraska residents 24/7, FREE access to counseling and support services.

Calls are answered by trained cessation counselors who give you a choice of services, including: telephone counseling,

self-help materials, referrals to community programs or a combination of these.

All information you provide to the Quitline is confidential.

Only you can choose to quit tobacco. But once you’ve made the decision, the Nebraska Tobacco Quitline can help you be successful.

and quit smoking that day. By quitting, even for one day, smokers will be taking



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West Nile Press Release PDF Print E-mail

Burwell– Loup Basin Public Health Department continues to get notifications of new human cases of West Nile virus in the district.

Since the rain arrived so have the mosquitoes and we continue to see high numbers of positive mosquitoes in the area.

Mosquitoes and West Nile virus will continue to be a concern until a hard freeze.

To avoid mosquito bites, the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services recommends:

    • Applying mosquito spray containing DEET, Picaridin or oil of lemon eucalyptus according to the package directions
    • Wearing a long-sleeved shirt, pants and socks
    • Not going out at dawn and dusk when mosquitoes are most active

It is also important to drain standing water or use mosquito dunks to stop mosquitoes from hatching.

Symptoms of WNV can vary, according to the Center for Disease Control (CDC).

· Most people will not show any symptoms at all.

· Up to  one out of every five people who become infected have symptoms such as fever, headache and body aches, nausea, vomiting,

and sometimes swollen lymph glands or a skin rash on the chest, stomach and back.

· A few people will develop severe illness.  Severe symptoms can include high fever, headache, neck stiffness, stupor, disorientation,

coma, tremors, convulsions, muscle weakness, vision loss, numbness and paralysis.

For more information, please see our website: or call our office at: 1.866.522.5795 or 346.5795.



Hours / Location PDF Print E-mail

Office Location: 934 I St  Burwell, NE 68823

Mailing Address: P.O. Box 995 Burwell, NE 68823

Phone: 308.346.5795

Toll Free: 866.522.5795

Office Hours: 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Monday - Friday

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Sarah Dowdy

Wellness Coordinator


Mary Drudik, LPN

Environ. Health Educator

Cindy Ference, MSN, RN

Public Health Nurse

Holly Mann, RN

Public Health Nurse

Danielle Thoene

Emergency Response


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