HEALTH ALERT: West Nile virus confirmed in Pueblo

HEALTH ALERT: West Nile virus confirmed in Pueblo

Three more Clark County residents have tested positive for West Nile virus, and the Southern Nevada Health District is reminding the public to take precautions to protect themselves from this potentially serious disease.

West Nile isn't the only mosquito-borne illness that threatens humans in the area.

"We also encourage everyone to remove any standing water that may harbor mosquitoes or call 311 for standing water they can not manage themselves", Barbot added. Of those samples, 4,987 pooled samples have tested positive for West Nile virus, and 433 have tested positive for St. Louis encephalitis.

38 people have died from the virus out of 259 overall cases, according to the Health Department.

"This is typically the time of the year we expect to see a rise in West Nile Virus activity and this positive mosquito pool confirms that", said Health Commissioner Dr. Patricia Schnabel Ruppert. The virus can affect any age group.

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After West Nile virus enters the body from a mosquito bite, symptoms may develop in 2-14 days.

The potentially fatal virus often presents itself in symptoms of fevers, headaches, muscle aches and fatigue, however health officials say that 80 percent of those infected with the virus have no noticeable symptoms, making detection all the more hard. Some infected persons experience a feeling of extreme tiredness and weakness for several weeks.

They also say you should dump any containers holding water outside because mosquitos breed in free-standing water. Change the water in pet bowls, bird baths and flower pots at least weekly.

-DUSK AND DAWN: Avoid outdoor activities, such as gardening, at dusk and dawn when mosquitoes are most active.

DEET: Picaridin, IR3535, and Oil of lemon eucalyptus are also effective ingredients to look for in insect repellents.

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