Public Health Update
Health District reports 13th, 14th, and 15th Cases of West Nile Virus

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
August 7, 2019

LAS VEGAS – The Southern Nevada Health District is reporting three additional cases of West Nile virus, bring the year’s total to 15. One individual is a female under the age of 50 with the non-neuroinvasive form of the illness. The other two individuals are both male, under the age of 50, with the non-neuroinvasive form of the illness. Of the 15 reported cases, 10 had the more serious, neuroinvasive form of the illness.

West Nile virus is transmitted through the bite of an infected mosquito. The Health District continues to urge people to take steps to protect themselves from mosquito bites. Precautions include:

  • Use Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)-registered insect repellents with one of the active ingredients below.
    • DEET
    • Picaridin (known as KBR 3023 and icaridin outside the US)
    • IR3535
    • Oil of lemon eucalyptus (OLE)
    • 2-undecanone
  • Wear pants and long-sleeved shirts when outdoors.
  • Eliminate areas of standing water, including birdbaths, “green” swimming pools, and sprinkler runoff, which support mosquito breeding.

For more information visit the Health District’s website at  www.southernnevadahealthdistrict.org/Health-Topics/west-nile-virus/. For updated surveillance information go to www.southernnevadahealthdistrict.org/programs/mosquito-surveillance/weekly-arbovirus-update/

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