West Nile virus: 12 human cases reported in the Las Vegas area

West Nile virus: 12 human cases reported in the Las Vegas area

There have been no known human infections detected in Cascade County this year, according to a press release.

"Right now we don't have any mosquitoes that have tested positive for West Nile in the province". As per the Dr. Muntu Davis statement mosquito bites are not just annoying; they make people's sick. Milder symptoms can include fever, headache, body aches, nausea, vomiting, and sometimes swollen lymph glands or a skin rash on the chest, stomach and back.

Health officials suggest that individuals protect themselves from West Nile by making use of bug repellent, and clearing their yards of standing water that attracts insects and dusk when mosquitoes are most active. Even more, it has resulted in their death.

A mosquito sample collected in Cascade County has tested positive for West Nile Virus. Young children, older individuals or others with vulnerable immune systems have higher risks of severe symptoms. The doctors also advice to the individuals for wearing long sleeves shirts and full trousers at dawn and dusk when mosquitoes are more active.

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If the standing water can not be drained, a larvicide should be used.

"Since its introduction in 2003, WNV has infected more than 6,500 people and has caused 292 fatalities statewide, according to the California Department of Public Health", states the Vector Control news release. More than three-quarters of reported cases have had severe disease and approximately 7% of patients with severe WNV have died from complications. "It is critical that residents take the necessary steps to eliminate potential mosquito breeding sources and prevent mosquito bites". Do not forget to tip and toss anything that can hold water on your property and use insect repellent when mosquitoes are present.

Stagnant swimming pools or "green pools" should be reported to the Public Health Environmental Health Bureau at 626-430-5200, or to a local vector control agency.

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