Positive hit for West Nile virus

5:30pm Updated

5:30pm Updated

Health officials in northern Nevada have confirmed the first human case of West Nile virus in the state this year.

Last year, three residents were diagnosed with West Nile Virus and all recovered.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, West Nile virus is most commonly spread through mosquito bites and symptoms can be flu-like.

The objective of the sprayings is to control the population of adult mosquitoes and reduce the risk of spreading Mosquito-Borne Viruses throughout the area.

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Limit outdoor activities between dusk and dawn when mosquitoes are most active.

Although the illness commonly has affected older individuals, even healthy younger people have been sick with West Nile Disease this year.

Residents of the area can register to receive email notifications whenever a new list of sampling results is published on the PA West Nile Virus Control Program website.

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Dispose of tin cans, plastic containers, ceramic pots or similar water-holding containers that have accumulated on your property. West Nile virus is here to stay, so the best way to avoid the disease is to reduce exposure to and eliminate breeding grounds for mosquitoes. Empty any unused flowerpots and wading pools, and change water in birdbaths frequently.

 Clean and chlorinate swimming pools not in use and remove any water that may collect on pool covers. Consult with a pediatrician or family physician for questions about the use of repellant on children, as repellant is not recommended for children under the age of two months.

There is no vaccine or cure for West Nile virus.

Fix and maintain barriers, such as window and door screens, to prevent mosquitoes from entering buildings.

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