December 22, 2014
State health officials have are confirming a human case of West Nile Virus in Pershing County.
The victim is under 50-years-old and has a less severe form of the disease.
It's only the second human case in Nevada this year. The first was reported in Clark County.
Last year there were 124 human cases of West Nile and one death reported to the Nevada State Health Division.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, most people who contract the virus won't become ill.
About 20 percent will develop West Nile fever, with symptoms of fever, headache, tiredness and body aches.
In severe cases, it can develop into encephalitis or meningitis, and patients can experience stupor, neck stiffness, severe
headaches, tremors, convulsions, muscle weakness and paralysis.
The best way to protect against the virus is to wear insect repellent and long sleeves and pants when mosquitoes are most active at dawn and dusk.