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Risk of West Nile transmission greatly diminished

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With the region's first hard freeze expected in the next day or two, health experts are saying the risk of transmission of the West Nile virus is almost gone.

This summer, an estimated one-in-three mosquitoes were carrying the virus.

They were able to infect two crows and seven humans in Scotts Bluff County with West Nile.  

Scotts Bluff County Health Director Bill Wineman expects most mosquitoes in the county will be killed during the first freeze. "The season is definitely coming to an end, even the cooler temps have has really reduced their activity, but a good freeze like that should pretty much put an end to the season of the risk for West Nile transmission."

Wineman says that a small percentage of mosquitoes carrying West Nile will find warm places to hide, and survive during the winter months.

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