MESQUITE, NV (Dept. of Athletics & Leisure Services) - In April, the Southern Nevada Health District reported the first human case of West Nile virus in Southern Nevada in 2019. The individual, a female over the age of 50, had the more serious neuroinvasive form of the illness and has recovered. There were no reported human cases of West Nile virus in Clark County last year.
“West Nile virus is a preventable illness, and it is important to remind everyone to take steps to prevent mosquito bites, especially as we start to spend more time outside,” said Dr. Joe Iser, Chief Health Officer for the Southern Nevada Health District. “There are simple things you can do to prevent bites and to prevent mosquito breeding around your home to protect yourself, your family, and your community.”
West Nile virus is spread through the bites of infected mosquitoes that have acquired the virus by feeding on infected birds. The illness is not spread person to person. Many people with the virus will have no symptoms or very mild clinical symptoms of illness. Mild symptoms include fever, headache, body aches, nausea, vomiting, and sometimes swollen lymph glands or a skin rash on the chest, stomach, and back. In some cases, the virus can cause severe neurologic illness and even death.
The Southern Nevada Health District’s Mosquito Surveillance Program regularly tests mosquito pools for West Nile, St. Louis Encephalitis, and Western Equine Encephalitis. As of May 3, 323 traps were set throughout Clark County with 1,906 mosquitoes submitted to the Southern Nevada Public Health Laboratory for analysis. The Health District has not reported any mosquito pools that are positive for West Nile virus, St. Louis Encephalitis, or Western Equine Encephalitis so far this season. The program also conducts surveillance for Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus mosquitoes, the two species known to spread the Zika virus.
“It’s important to remember that mosquito-borne disease can be in our community even though our Mosquito Surveillance Program has not identified any West Nile virus-positive mosquito pools,” added Iser. The Health District recommends the following to prevent mosquito bites and to eliminate breeding sources:
Additional prevention tips are available on the CDC’s Prevent Mosquito Bites webpage.
The City of Mesquite Athletics and Leisure Services Department is partnering with Dan Slater, Senior Environmental Health Specialist at the Health District and Joe Macias, Animal Control Supervisor at the Mesquite Police Department (MPD) to host a training/education seminar on breeding, prevention information, and updated disease statistics on Monday, May 20, 2019., We want to thank the Health District and MPD for providing this information to the public., The seminar is free to the entire community.,
Location: Mesquite City Hall Council Chambers, 10 East Mesquite Blvd, Mesquite, Nevada.
Date: May 20, 2019
Time: 1:00 P.M. – 2:00 P.M.
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For more information on this and other programs please contact the Department of Athletics & Leisure Services at (702) 346-8732. Register for youth and adult programs online at: www.mesquitenv.gov. For more information and to stay connected via social media, our Facebook Page is: www.facebook.com/MesquiteNVRecreation or at the Administrative Offices located at 100 W. Old Mill Road.