Close To 40 Cases Of West Nile Virus Reported In The Valley

There Were No Reported Cases In 2018

Mitch Kelly
September 10, 2019 - 4:43 am

LAS VEGAS, NV (KXNT) - Las Vegas continues to pay the price for a cooler, wetter spring.

The Southern Nevada Health District says there are now 39 reported cases of West Nile Virus in 2019. This, after no reported cases in all of 2018. Most Clark County zip codes have reported a case.

West Nile Virus is transmitted to humans from the bite of an infected mosquito. Many of the cases diagnosed so far this year have been the more serious neuroinvasive type.

The Health District says that even though they've officially diagnosed 39 West Nile cases, more could have it but simply don't know. Symptoms are similar to that of the flu.

To avoid getting West Nile, The SNHD recommends wearing long sleeves and pant, plus insect repellant with DEET. 

Also recommended is clearing areas of standing water, which can be a popular mosquito breeding ground.