Human West Nile confirmed in Carson
One human case of West Nile Virus was confirmed in Carson City, the Nevada State Health Division reported this week.
Health Division spokeswoman Martha Framsted said the case was reported Sept. 7 in a person over age 50. This person has suffered meningitis and/or encephalitis. It was listed as a probable case until this week.
Five more confirmed human cases of West Nile Virus are reported in the rural counties this week. The total confirmed human case count is 13 in Clark County, two in Washoe County, nine in Churchill County, and one each in Lyon and Douglas counties and Carson City.
Churchill County also has two more probable cases.
Most people infected with the mosquito-borne virus either develop no symptoms or a mild case of what appears to be influenza, a small percentage can develop meningitis or encephalitis, according to the Associated Press.
The virus is far more widespread among birds and horses. Horses can be vaccinated against it, humans cannot.
Avoid Mosquito Bites
• Apply insect repellent containing DEET
• Avoid spending time outside when mosquitoes are most active, at dusk and dawn
• Wear pants, long-sleeved shirts and socks when outdoors
• Eliminate standing water
• Make sure your door and window screens fit properly
For information on West Nile Virus call 887-2190 or go to health2k.state.nv.us
To report sick or dead birds call 887-2190 or 775-688-1180, ext. 231.