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West Nile detected in Las Vegas-area mosquitoes

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Updated: 8/28/2012 6:45 pm
Recently we have seen a record pace for West Nile virus infections and illnesses across the country. Today we learned mosquitoes carrying the potentially deadly virus have been found in the valley's west side. News 3's Marissa mike tells us what's being done to keep people safe.
LAS VEGAS -- The Southern Nevada Health District is reporting its first West Nile positive mosquitoes in the 89107 ZIP code.
On the web: For information about prevention tips, visit the Health District’s West Nile virus page here.

To date, there are no human cases of West Nile virus reported in Clark County.

Recently, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced that West Nile virus infections and illness rates are on record pace this year with more than 1,100 cases and more than 40 deaths (half of which are in Texas) reported through the middle of August.

With the identification of positive mosquitoes in one area of Clark County, it is likely that West Nile virus infected mosquitoes are present throughout the valley and precautions against the disease are recommended for all residents and visitors.

West Nile virus can be prevented by using insect repellants and eliminating sources of standing water which support mosquito breeding.

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