More human cases of West Nile virus reported in Carson City-Douglas-Lyon area

Photo: Frank Hadley Collins / CDC / MGN

More human cases of West Nile virus are being reported in the tri-county area of Carson City and Douglas and Lyon counties, according to health officials.

Carson City Health and Human Services did not disclose the number of cases reported so far.

The first human cases in the tri-county area were reported back in August, with three human cases in Lyon County and one in the Douglas-Carson City area.

Health and Human Services officials offered the following tips for avoiding the virus:

  • Clear the yard area of any free-standing water that may become a mosquito breeding-ground
  • Wear long sleeves and long pants in mosquito prone areas
  • Use mosquito repellant (especially during the dawn and dusk hours) containing DEET, Picaridin, Oil of Lemon Eucalyptus, or IR3535 and follow label precautions
  • Repair any window screens that provide entry for mosquitoes
  • Vaccinate horses for Western Equine Encephalitis (WEE)
  • Vaccinate horses for West Nile Virus (WNV). Four effective vaccines exist for horses, but vaccine development for humans is still underway with currently no available product in sight.
  • Report night-time mosquito activity to the Health Department at 887-2190.
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