1st Human Case of West Nile in Clark County Reported

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LAS VEGAS (AP) - The Southern Nevada Health District has reported its first human case of West Nile virus in Clark County this year.

Health district officials say a 75-year-old woman has been diagnosed with the more serious, neuroinvasive form of the illness and is in the hospital.

The district had reported its first West Nile-positive mosquitoes in August.

The news comes shortly after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced that West Nile virus infections and illness rates are on record pace this year. More than 2,600 cases and 118 deaths have been reported nationwide through Sept. 11.

Officials remind southern Nevada residents to take precautions against the virus, including removing standing water that can be a breeding ground for mosquitoes.

Last year, Clark County had 11 cases of West Nile virus.