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Health District reports first human West Nile case for 2014

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Updated: 9/03/2014 10:15 am
LAS VEGAS The Southern Nevada Health District is reporting a case of West Nile virus in a male older than 50 with a serious neuro-invasive form of the illness.

This is the first human case of West Nile illness in Clark County in 2014. There were nine cases reported in 2013.

The Health District has identified additional positive mosquito pools in the 89014, 89120, 89123, 89131, 89134, 89143, 89144, 89145, and 89146 zip codes. Additional updated information will be posted on the Health District website.

Previously, the Southern Nevada Health District reported West Nile positive mosquitoes collected in the 89103, 89107, 89129, 89138, and 89149 zip codes.

West Nile virus can be prevented by using insect repellents and eliminating sources of standing water, which support mosquito breeding. For information about prevention tips, visit the Health District’s West Nile virus page.

West Nile virus is spread through the bite of infected mosquitoes, which acquire the virus by feeding on infected birds. The illness is not spread person to person. Many people with the virus will have no symptoms or very mild clinical symptoms of illness. Mild symptoms include fever, headache, body aches, nausea, vomiting and sometimes swollen lymph glands or a skin rash on the chest, stomach, and back. In some cases the virus can cause severe illness and even death.

The health district’s environmental health specialists routinely survey known breeding sources for mosquitoes and trap them for identification and disease analysis. Residents can report green swimming pools and standing or stagnant water sources to local code enforcement agencies. Contact information for local jurisdictions’ code enforcement is available on the Health District website.

In addition to West Nile virus, mosquitoes are also tested for Western equine encephalitis and St. Louis encephalitis.

– From news release


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