October 1, 2014
West Nile Virus activity here in Nevada has picked up. The state department of Agriculture says mosquito pools in White Pine, Humboldt, Lyon and Churchill Counties have tested positive for the West Nile virus.
That's in addition to Washoe County where a horse contracted the virus last month, and was euthanized. State officials say they've also detected Western Equine Encephalitis in samples from White Pine County.
W-E-E is like West Nile in that people can become infected by a mosquito bite. Most people infected don't get sick. However, in severe cases patients exhibit fever, headache, stiff neck, vomiting, and fatigue.
There is no treatment, so prevention is the best course of action.