October 25, 2014
RENO, Nev. (AP) - Washoe County is reporting its first human
case of West Nile virus.
The Washoe County Health District on Thursday said lab tests
have confirmed an adult was infected with a mild form of the
disease. The patient is recovering.
The person had been travelling in Nevada, California, and Idaho
during the exposure period and it's unclear exactly where the
infection was contracted.
West Nile is spread through the bite of infected mosquitoes,
which acquire the virus by feeding on infected birds. The illness
is not spread person to person through casual contact.
It is the second case statewide. The first was confirmed last
week in Clark County.
Health officials urge people to limit exposure to mosquitoes by
using insect repellent and wearing pants and long sleeves when
mosquitoes are active.