West Nile virus

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State officials have released a report showing West Nile Virus infections in two horses. The infections found in Churchill and Clark Counties indicate some risk for humans and other horses, but Nevada's head veterinarian says there is no cause for alarm. 

Second Human West Nile Virus Case In Washoe County

Sep 2, 2015

  

Another person in Washoe County is infected with West Nile Virus. That makes two confirmed in the last week, as well as one horse in Washoe Valley. 

The Washoe County Health District reports the latest individual lives near Hidden Valley in east Reno and was hospitalized for several days with the neuroinvasive form of the virus. This form can access and infect the nervous system and cause symptoms such as fever, muscle and joint pain and headache.  

Mosquitos infected with the West Nile virus have been found in Spanish Springs.

Jim Shaffer, who is with the Washoe County Health District, says mosquito trapping and testing have been ongoing all summer. As soon as mosquitos test positive for the virus, the district has to act fast.

“You don’t want mosquitos to bite people or transmit disease," Shaffer says. "So when they become an adult, they have both those capabilities and they’re moving.”