State reports third human case of West Nile virus

View the full image                        Health officials confirmed the first West Nile Virus case of 2018 in the Carson City Douglas County area

View the full image Health officials confirmed the first West Nile Virus case of 2018 in the Carson City Douglas County area

West Nile virus can lead to serious illness and death, although a majority infected will not show symptoms.

Less than one percent of people who are infected will develop neurologic illness such as encephalitis or meningitis.

West Nile fever is a risky viral disease that is transmitted through mosquito bites.

To report suspected cases of human West Nile, call the DPH Office of Infectious Disease Epidemiology at 888-295-5156.

"With higher temperatures forecast for next week, we anticipate further buildup of the virus in mosquitoes with increasing risk for human exposure", said Dr. Theodore Andreadis, director of the Center for Vector Biology & Zoonotic Diseases at the CAES.

Use insect repellents when you go outdoors. The most effective repellents are those with DEET, picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus, para-menthane-diol, and IR3535.


- Keep grass cut short and shrubbery trimmed around the house so adult mosquitoes will not hide there.

- Wear long sleeves and long trousers.

- Use mosquito netting to protect children younger than two months old.

The CCHHS and DCMA are advising Nevadans to use insect repellants when outdoors containing DEET, wearing long sleeves, long trousers and socks, taking extra care during peak mosquito biting hours and mosquito proofing homes.

The most populated places with mosquitoes are rural places, woods, gardens, while their favorite time is at dusk and dawn. Use your air conditioning, if you have it. In addition to treating that area for those mosquitoes, they also test the chickens weekly to help monitor their progress. Make sure that your doors and windows have tight-fitting screens to keep out mosquitoes. Empty standing water from flowerpots, gutters, buckets, pool covers, pet water dishes, discarded tires, and birdbaths on a regular basis.

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