Other locations in Nevada have also seen the appearance of the virus and the Washoe County Health District is urging residents of our county to take precautions against being bitten by mosquitoes.
“Practicing preventive measures to reduce the chance of being bitten by mosquitoes is the best way to prevent humans from contracting the virus,” said Mary Anderson, the district’s health officer. “Remember to use mosquito repellent containing either DEET, Picaridin or Oil of Lemon Eucalyptus, be aware that mosquitoes are most active during dusk and dawn, remove standing water from around your house and check to make sure the screens on your windows and doors fit properly.”
West Nile Virus most often is spread by the bite of an infected mosquito.
Mosquitoes are WNV carriers, also known as vectors. Infected mosquitoes can then spread WNV to birds, horses, humans and other animals when they bite.
Anderson also reminds local horse owners to get their animals vaccinated against WNV, if they haven’t done so as of yet. While pets like dogs and cats can contract the virus, it is very unlikely. Do not use repellents meant for humans on pets. Check with your veterinarian for products that are pet specific.
For more information, please go to our web site at www.washoecounty.us/ health or to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention at CDC.gov.