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First mosquitoes found with West Nile in Scotts Bluff County

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 As the weather changes every year, mosquitoes start to bombard the panhandle. 

The Scotts Bluff County Health Department has confirmed the first mosquitoes with West Nile in the area. County Health Director Bill Wineman says that mosquito pools in Scotts Bluff County have now tested positive for the West Nile virus. 

"And what that means for us, is it's time for us to really be careful because we know that the virus is circulating in the mosquitoes and there's a chance if one would bite us, that we could develop the disease," says Wineman.

Wineman says that mosquitoes are most active thirty minutes before and after sunrise and sunset.

"With mosquitoes and the mosquito season that we have here every year, west Nile is likely to be present in our area every summer, so it's something we're just going to have to deal with," says Wineman. "And if you think about (before you go) always having some type of repellent with you, if you're going out in the evening. Because if you don't have it with you, you can't use it."

Wineman says that simply using a repellent is one of the safest prevention methods. 

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