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WEST NILE VIRUS – 2014 SEASON

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WEST NILE VIRUS – 2014 SEASON

 

The Southern Nevada Health District announced they have detected the first mosquitoes carrying West Nile virus so far this year in southern Nevada. That includes all of Clark County from Centennial Hills to Boulder City.

 

The District reported Monday that mosquitoes with the virus were found in the zip codes 89103, 89107, 89129, 89138, and 89149.Officials say no human cases of the virus have been reported so far this year. The health district says it learned of nine West Nile cases in southern Nevada last year, including two patients who died of the disease.

 

Among the steps people can take to ward off the virus are:

 

  • Using insect repellant that contains the active ingredient DEET.

 

  • Eliminating sources of standing water, such as unmaintained "green" swimming pools, which mosquitoes may use as breeding grounds. Residents can now report green swimming pools and standing or stagnant water sources to local code enforcement agencies.

 

  • Wearing pants and long-sleeved shirts outdoors to avoid getting bitten.

 

  • Spending less time outside at dawn and dusk, when the mosquitoes are most active.

 

About 70 to 80 percent of people infected with the West Nile virus report no symptoms or flu-like conditions, like mild fever or headache, Barrett said. About 10 percent of those infected may face a more severe form of the virus, where it enters the brain or spinal cord and can cause meningitis, paralysis or death. Cats and dogs typically display mild or no symptoms from the virus, she added. However, horses are at risk of an equine-related virus and should be vaccinated.

 

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