An eastern Nebraska public health district has recorded its first West Nile virus death.
Terra Uhing, executive director of the Three Rivers Public Health Department, reported the death from the mosquito-borne virus Monday. Three Rivers serves Dodge, Saunders and Washington counties.
No other information, including the age and gender of the person who died, was available.
Most people exposed to the virus don’t get sick. About 20% become ill, and fewer than 1% experience serious illness that can lead to death.
Those who are older or have underlying medical conditions or depressed immune systems are at higher risk of severe infections.
People can reduce their risk of West Nile by taking precautions to avoid being bitten by mosquitos.
Nebraska's first human case this year was discovered in July.