No West Nile Virus Cases Yet In Nevada

RENO, NV - If you stop by and visit Megan Most, you'll hear the constant sound of the machine that helps 40 year old breath.

Confined to a wheel chair, she has difficulty moving her right arm, and doesn't have a lot of neck strength.

It's permanent neurological damage caused by the West Nile Virus.

Megan says it took months before she realized what happened

“They told me West Nile Virus,” says Megan .

Megan says it all began about seven years ago when she developed flu like symptoms.

Her friend called to see how she was feeling.

“I had slept pretty much the whole day before and she had called because I was suppose to drop off my daughter. And she was talking to me and I was talking gibberish. And so she came and got me, her and my other friend got me in the car,” says Megan.

At Carson Tahoe Hospital her friend pointed out to doctors a mosquito bite on Megan's leg.

Tests showed positive for the West Nile Virus.

Megan says she was in long term care and rehab for about two years.

Most people don't have the same reaction to West Nile virus as Megan did.

Many of us may have already been exposed to it and suffered no ill effects at all.

But there's no way to tell who will and won't develop problems after an infected mosquito bite.

That's why surveillance is on going in Nevada so that when it does appear this year, residents will be aware it's out there and take precautions like placing screens on windows, wearing long sleeved shirts and pants, and using insect spray.

Even though our snow pack was below average this year, there is still standing water.

Health experts say look around your house and look for broken pipes, old tires or a wheel barrel and get rid of it...its a perfect breeding ground for mosquitoes.

The Department of Agriculture says historically in our state, mosquito pools and dead birds don't start testing positive for West Nile Virus until the end of July.

By that time the virus is already active.

They recommend taking precautions now, including vaccinating horses.

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