The Mosquitoes Test for West Nile Virus at Southeast Reno Are Positive

Mosquitoes captured within the Hidden Valley and Rosewood Lake areas tested positive for West Nile Virus, the Washoe County District Health Department stated Wednesday. No human cases have been reported.

The health division will do early morning insect fogging Thursday within the Hidden Valley and Rosewood Lakes areas.

Individuals are requested to report night-time mosquito exercise to the health division by calling 775-328-2434.

The virus is most often spread through mosquito bites. Four out of five individuals who have the virus don’t develop any signs, the health division mentioned. About one in five with the virus have mild signs such as headache, body aches, joint pains, vomiting, diarrhea, or rash. Most individuals with this type of illness recover completely; however, fatigue and weak spot can last for weeks or months.

About 1 in 150 folks who are infected develop a severe sickness affecting the central nervous system corresponding to encephalitis (inflammation of the brain) or meningitis (irritation of the membranes that surround the brain and spinal cord).

The health division recommends individuals wear proper clothing and repellent if going outdoors in the early morning or early evening when mosquitos are most active. These repellents are safe: DEET, Picaridin, IR3535, Oil of lemon eucalyptus (OLE), Para-menthane-diol (PMD).