A woman over 50 is the first person to contract West Nile virus this year, according to the Southern Nevada Health District. She had the most serious form of the illness and has since recovered.
West Nile virus is spread through the bites of infect mosquitoes that have fed on infected birds.
“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.”
The health district conducts testing on mosquito pools. So far, 174 traps have been set throughout Clark County but no mosquito pools have tested positive for the 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.