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6th Human Case of West Nile Confirmed in Southern Nevada

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Health officials say a they've confirmed a sixth human case of West Nile virus in southern Nevada.

The Southern Nevada Health District says Tuesday that a 38-year-old man has been diagnosed with the less serious form of the illness.

West Nile has already been blamed in the death of 75-year-old woman in Clark County in recent weeks, and four other people have been diagnosed with the virus this year.

Four deaths in Clark County have been linked to West Nile virus since 2003.

The health district has identified West Nile-positive mosquitoes in the 89145 and 89107 ZIP codes.

To reduce chances of contracting the virus, people should remember:

  • Clear areas around your home of any free-standing water that may become a mosquito breeding-ground;
  • Mosquitoes bite in the early morning and evening so it is important to wear proper clothing and repellent containing DEET, picaradin, oil of lemon eucalyptus or IR3535 according to label instructions. Repellents keep the mosquitoes from biting you. DEET can be used safely on infants and children 2 months of age and older.
  • Make sure that your doors and windows have tight-fitting screens to keep mosquitoes out. Repair or replace screens with tears or holes; and,
  • Vaccinate horses for WNV.

In Washoe County WNV-related illnesses were first seen in 2003. The largest number of cases ever reported in Washoe County was 17 WNV cases in 2006. Only one case of WNV was reported in Washoe County in 2011. The Washoe County Health District's Communicable Disease Program investigates all reported cases of diseases like WNV and presents those cases in the Communicable Disease Weekly Report. Residents are asked to report night-time mosquito activity to the District Health Department at 328-2434.

More information on WNV and the Washoe County Health District's Vector-Borne Disease Prevention Program can be found at www.washoecounty.us/health/ehs/vbdp.html.  (AP)

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