Health district: First human case of West Nile in Clark County

LAS VEGAS — The Southern Nevada Health District said Wednesday they have confirmed the first human case of West Nile virus in Clark County this year.

The patient was a man over the age of 50 with the more serious neuroinvasive form of the illness, the health district said.

There were nine cases reported last year.

In addition, the health district said mosquitoes tested positive in the 89014, 89120, 89123, 89131, 89134, 89143, 89144, 89145, and 89146 zip codes. On Aug. 4, five other zip codes had positive tests.

West Nile virus is spread through the bite of infected mosquitoes, which acquire the virus by feeding on infected birds. The illness is not spread person to person. Many people with the virus will have no symptoms or very mild clinical symptoms of illness. 

Mild symptoms include fever, headache, body aches, nausea, vomiting and sometimes swollen lymph glands or a skin rash on the chest, stomach, and back. In some cases the virus can cause severe illness and even death.

If you see green swimming pools or standing or stagnant water, the health district urges you to contact your local code enforcement agency. A list is available on their website.


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