Second human West Nile Virus case reported in Washoe County

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RENO, Nev. (KOLO) - The Washoe County Health District is reporting a second human case of West Nile Virus.


That person is believed to have been infected during a hike near the meadows of Mt. Rose in mid-August. They sought medical care after developing symptoms, and are expected to fully recover.

“The two confirmed cases of residents infected by WNV in 2019 are a reminder of the importance of taking preventive measures to protect against mosquitoes,” Washoe County District Health Officer Kevin Dick said. “Most cases of WNV go undiagnosed. The two confirmed cases are indicative of a significantly larger number of undiagnosed cases that probably have occurred in the community.”

Health officials say with the arrival of freezing temperatures, there is a lower risk of new cases of West Nile, but you should still take precautions including the use of bug spray containing DEET.

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