Southeast Reno Mosquitoes Test Positive For West Nile Virus
RENO, Nev. (AP) — The Washoe County Health District says mosquito samples taken in southeast Reno have tested positive for the West Nile Virus.
It's the first time this year the virus has been confirmed in Washoe County.
Health District spokesman Phil Ulibarri said Wednesday the samples were taken in the Damonte Ranch and Hidden Valley areas.
He says the district will to step of mosquito surveillance and early-morning insecticide fogging in the South Meadows area.
Ulibarri says the hot and humid weather the past week has created perfect breeding conditions for mosquitoes.
Most people infected don't show any symptoms, but about one in five develop a fever, headache, body aches, vomiting, diarrhea or a rash.
The Centers for Disease Control says about one in 150 people develop severe illness affecting the central nervous system. In rare cases, it can result in death.