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Sept. 8, 2020Lincoln, Neb. |  By: Jeremy Werner

No West Nile virus cases in Nebraska so far this year

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - 
There have been no cases of the mosquito-borne West Nile virus so far this year in Nebraska. An insect-transmitted illness expert at Nebraska's health department told the Lincoln Journal Star that it's unusual to have no cases by this time.

Disease scientist Jeff Hamik says a cool spring might have delayed mosquito breeding, resulting in the longest period without a pool of West Nile-positive mosquitoes in Nebraska history.

But Hamik says West Nile cases will start cropping up soon. Most people with West Nile virus don't have symptoms. It can cause flu-like symptoms and sometimes leads to severe illness.