West Nile Found in Mosquitoes in SE Las Vegas Area

LAS VEGAS (AP) - Health officials say mosquitoes infected with the West Nile virus have been found in the southeast Las Vegas area.

The area includes the ZIP code 89122, and includes the Las Vegas
Wash, Desert Wetlands Park, Sam Boyd Stadium and the Whitney area.

Southern Nevada Health District spokeswoman Stephanie Bethel says there haven't been any reports of human cases of West Nile virus in southern Nevada this year.

Twelve human cases were reported in Nevada in 2007, including three in Clark County.

Most people who are infected have no symptoms or only mild flulike symptoms. But the virus can cause serious illness for the elderly and people with weakened immune systems.

District officials are advising residents to take precautions against mosquito bites and to be aware of places with stagnant water.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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