13 Now Infected With West Nile In State LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Thirteen people in Nebraska have become ill from apparent infection by the West Nile virus, with two people in Columbus among the latest cases, health officials said.
Of the 13, one 69-year-old man from Lincoln died Aug. 22. Two of the 13 did not require hospitalization.
A 41-year-old man and a 31-year-old woman were hospitalized in Columbus and released Aug. 30, said East-Central District Health Department executive director Rebecca Rayman.
A 64-year-old woman from Lincoln also has been hospitalized and released, health officials said Thursday.
Cases of people being infected by West Nile have been reported in Thayer County in south-central Nebraska and in Adams, Cherry, Custer, Greeley, Hall, Hamilton, Lancaster and Platte counties in eastern and central Nebraska.
A 74-year-old Nebraska man who lives within one mile of the Wyoming state line was treated for the West Nile Virus at Wyoming Medical Center in Casper, according to state health officials there. The man was released from the hospital on Saturday.
A spokeswoman for the Nebraska Health and Human Services System said they were not aware of the case. Wyoming officials declined to name the man's hometown, but said it was between Scottsbluff and Torrington, Wyo.
Bill Wineman, director of the Scotts Bluff County Health Department, confirmed Thursday that Wyoming officials had been in touch with his office and lab results were being sent to Lincoln.
Few people bitten by a mosquito infected with West Nile virus become seriously ill, but the elderly are considered particularly at risk.
There have been at least 32 deaths this year and more than 670 cases of West Nile virus in more than two dozen states across the country.