Nevada's First Human Case of West Nile

Doctor Brandon Lee from the State Division of Health says the man went to his doctor after experiencing high fever, headaches and body aches. Less than one percent of those infected develop a severe form of the disease. There is no way to anticipate who those people will be. Which is why it’s best to take precautions against mosquitoes. That includes wearing long sleeve shirts and pants, and insect repellent, which kills mosquitoes.

That advice should hit a cord with Washoe County residents; today the Health District in Reno confirmed its first West Nile positive mosquito pool, here at the Lazy 5 park area in Spanish Springs.

Last year a total of 44 people came down with West Nile statewide. There were no deaths reported, although rare it can be fatal. Some People who develop the severe form of the disease can continue to experience neurological problems a year after being diagnosed.


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