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GROUPS OF MOSQUITOES IN SOUTHERN NEVADA TEST POSITIVE FOR VIRUS

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GROUPS OF MOSQUITOES IN SOUTHERN NEVADA TEST POSITIVE FOR VIRUS

As we know the summer season in Southern Nevada is the time we see more mosquitoes – mostly around areas that have standing water. Every year Clark County sees some cases of West Nile disease that is carried by infected mosquitoes – however this year there is the Zika Virus and another condition carried by mosquitoes St. Louis encephalitis.

There is a group of mosquitoes in a few areas of Clark County that have tested positive for St. Louis encephalitis – a virus that causes very little or no symptoms in humans. So far no human cases have been reported in our area since 2007. Most infected people might experience a mild fever and headache and do not get sick. In some cases the virus can cause dizziness and nausea.

The elderly population is more at risk of the severe disease if they are infected. The severe cases of the disease include brain inflammation and a doctor should be contacted immediately.

The pools of mosquitoes that tested positive are in the following zip codes: 89104, 89120, 89146 and 89191. The mosquitoes get the virus from birds that are afflicted with the virus. James Wilson, director of the Nevada Infectious Disease Forecast Station, stated “It is unlikely Clark County would even see one case this season and that the presence of positive mosquitoes is common around the country this time of year.”

During monsoon season it is wise to eliminate any standing water on your property to prevent having mosquitoes and you should wear bug repellent and protective clothing. It is advised that you call the Nevada Southern Health District and report any mosquito activity.

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