BOULDER CITY (FOX5) – The first positive mosquitoes for the West Nile virus were located in the Las Vegas Valley, the Southern Nevada Sanitation District announced on Monday.
SNHD said mosquitoes were found at CEP 89005 in Boulder City.
The Southern Nevada Health District reported its first human case of West Nile virus in Clark County in 2019 on Friday.
The first human case of the West Nile was reported by SNHD in April. There were no reported cases in Clark County last year, according to SNHD.
"We know there is an increased risk for West Nile virus and other mosquito-borne diseases in southern Nevada during this time of year," said SNHD health director Dr. Joe Iser in a statement. "I would like to encourage everyone to take the necessary precautions to do their part in order to ensure that their homes are free of standing water, to use insect repellent properly and to report mosquito activity to our agency."
The SNHD had the following recommendations to prevent mosquito bites and eliminate sources of reproduction:
- Use insect repellents registered with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) containing DEET, Picaridin, IR3535, lemon eucalyptus (OLE) or 2-undecanone.
- Wear pants and long-sleeved shirts to reduce mosquito exposure when outdoors.
- Eliminate areas of standing water around your home, including non-circulating ponds,
- "Green" pools and drainage of accumulated sprinklers, which support the creation of mosquitoes.
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