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March 21, 2019

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Mosquitoes test positive for West Nile virus in valley

Mosquito Hunter

Steve Marcus

A mosquito is shown in a test tube at the Southern Nevada Health District before being sent to Reno for testing Thursday June 10, 2010.

The Southern Nevada Health District announced today that mosquitoes tested positive for West Nile virus in eight area ZIP codes.

The infected mosquitoes were collected in the following ZIP codes: 89011, 89012, 89027, 89107, 89123, 89128, 89134 and 89146. The Health District, however, has not received any reports of human cases of West Nile virus in Clark County this year.

Last year, two people in Clark County were infected with the virus, according to Health District records. No deaths were reported.

The West Nile virus, spread through the bite of infected mosquitoes, can cause symptoms such as fever, headache, body aches, nausea, vomiting, swollen lymph glands and skin rashes on the chest, stomach and back.

Many people with the virus will have no symptoms, but the virus can cause severe illness and death in some cases, officials said.

Health officials suspect mosquitoes infected with the West Nile virus may be present throughout the Las Vegas Valley.

“We encourage our residents to ‘fight the bite’ by using insect repellents, wearing protective clothing and limiting their outdoor activity at dusk and dawn when mosquitoes are most active,” said Dr. Joe Iser, the county’s chief health officer.

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