Carson City Added to List of Positive West Nile Tests

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UPDATE: Tuesday, the state veterinarian with the Nevada Department of Agriculture confirmed at least one positive test for West Nile Virus in a mosquito pool in Carson City, adding to recent cases in Washoe, Douglas and Lyon counties.

At the same time, Phil Ulibarri with the Washoe County Health District says only two mosquito pools have been confirmed to have West Nile in Washoe based on recent tests, and those two come from more than a thousand tested bodies of water. He says both are in the Damonte Ranch area in south Reno, and health officials planned mosquito spraying Wednesday morning at 5.


RENO, NV - The Nevada Department of Agriculture confirms West Nile virus was found in several Washoe County bodies of water Monday.

State Veterinarian Dr. Anette Rink says mosquito testing of 54 ditches, wetlands and other small bodies of water confirmed the virus present in insects in six of them. There had been no positive tests for West Nile in Washoe County this year until now.

Three water areas in Mason Valley, in Lyon County, also tested positive.

Now it's up to the individual counties to spray and continue monitoring to keep the virus from spreading.

No humans have been diagnosed with the virus in our area, but people are being urged to take extra precautions.

If you're bitten by an infected mosquito, you'll start feeling like you have the flu. In most cases, people will start feeling better after several days. But in severe cases, people can develop a deadly neurological illness, and there are no medications to treat, or vaccines to prevent, the infection.

To protect your family, health officials suggest you try to avoid going out at dawn or dusk. If you do, make sure you wear long sleeves and use bug spray with deet in it.

If there is any standing water around your house, get rid of it. Mosquitos can breed in just a half inch of water, and it only takes about a week for hundreds of them to emerge.