S. Nevada Sees First 2019 Case Of West Nile Virus

Case Detected In The Boulder City Area

June 11, 2019 - 6:52 am

LAS VEGAS, NV (KXNT) - After a West Nile Virus-free 2018, Clark County is reporting its first case of 2019.

Infected mosquitos were discovered in the Boulder City area after a woman became ill back in April. The woman has since recovered.

West Nile Virus is transmitted to humans by infected mosquitos, who themselves pick it up by feeding on infected birds.

West Nile can feel similar to the flu, with symptoms that include, fever, chills, headache and body aches. More serious cases involve nausea, vomiting and neurological issues. It's rare, but in extreme cases, West Nile Virus can be fatal.

To prevent getting it, the Clark County Health District recommends covering as much skin as possible when outside, wearing mosquito repellant, and cleaning up any area of standing water that can become a mosquito breeding ground.