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Southeastern Reno mosquitoes are positive for the West Nile virus



RENO, NV (KOLO) – Mosquitoes caught in the Hidden Valley and Rosewood Lake areas have been tested positive for the West Nile virus, according to Washoe County Health Department. No cases of people were reported.

The health department will fog insects in the Hidden Valley and Rosewood Lakes areas early in the morning. 328-2434.

The virus is most commonly transmitted by mosquito bites. Four out of five people who have the virus do not develop symptoms, the health department said. About one in five people with the virus have mild symptoms like headache, body aches, joint pain, vomiting, diarrhea or rash. Most people with this disease recover completely, but fatigue and weakness can last weeks or months.

About 1

in 150 people develop severe central nervous system disease, such as encephalitis (brain inflammation). or meningitis (inflammation of the membranes surrounding the brain and spinal cord).

The Department of Health recommends that people wear appropriate clothing and repellents in the early morning or early evening when mosquitoes are most active. These repellents are safe: DEET, picaridine, IR3535, lemon eucalyptus oil (OLE), para-menthan diol (PMD), and 2-undecanone have snug-fitting screens to keep out mosquitoes. Repair or replace screens with cracks or holes.

  • Clear all areas around your house of freestanding water that may become a breeding ground for mosquitoes, including small puddles, pools, planters, children's sandboxes, carts or toy taps, and plant cups and dog bowls; and
  • Vaccination of horses against WNV.
  • For more information on WNV, visit the Washoe County Health District Vaccine-Disease Program website.

    For more preventative tips, visit the CDC Prevent Mosquito Bites website. [19659004] Copyright KOLO-TV 2019


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