Skokie mosquitoes test positive for West Nile Virus

Positive samples of West Nile Virus-carrying mosquitoes are found

State briefs

The first mosquitoes of the season testing positive for West Nile virus have been detected in the Las Vegas Valley, according to the Southern Nevada Health District.

"Wearing long trousers, long sleeves, socks, full shoes and a hat on our head, it may not be fashionable, but it means a mosquito can't bite through those", she says.

The virus is spread primarily through the bite of the Culex mosquito and symptoms include fever, headache and body aches.

Agency Public Health Protection Director Phil Maytubby says recent rain and warm weather created an environment favorable for virus-carrying mosquitoes.

She notes that dog ticks are not capable of transmitting the disease.

Those include wearing a long sleeve shirt or top, long trousers and closed-toe shoes when venturing out in wooded areas - and to use an approved insect repellent that contains DEET.

The Skokie Health Department recommends removing standing water where mosquitoes could breed, emptying plastic swimming pools, changing the water in birdbaths and planters weekly, keeping gutters cleared out, among other precaustions, according to the release. Reports say one case of West Nile was confirmed in Clark County last month.

Health Department officials said that anyone can get West Nile Virus, but people over age 50 or those with a weakened immune systems are most vulnerable.

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