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West Nile threat continues as mosquito season nears end

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Updated: 10/31/2012 7:55 am
LAS VEGAS (KSNV MyNews3) -- A 29-year old man is the seventh person to contract West Nile Virus in the Las Vegas valley.

The Southern Nevada Health District reported the man had a mild case and did not need hospitalization.

This news comes as mosquito season should be winding down.

Leslie Petrasich has lived in Southern Highlands for six years. A nearby wash was never much of a concern. But now, the area is getting more attention from the Health District after a mosquito testing positive for West Nile Virus was found in this ZIP Code.

“I don't remember seeing water in that wash hardly at all,” Petrasich said. “I'm from the South, so I'm used to mosquitos, and that's one of the reasons why we like it here because there's not a lot of bugs and stuff.”

Environmental health specialist Ignacio Leycegui set out with another mosquito trap Tuesday afternoon as part of the Health District's on-going program to monitor the West Nile threat.

Just this month, infected mosquitos were found in three new areas: 89011 (Lake Las Vegas), 89121 (near Eastern and Desert Inn) and 89141 (Southern Highlands).

Vivek Raman, an SNHD environmental health supervisor, says mosquito season usually ends in late September.

“You always want to be vigilant against mosquito breeding because we even have winter time breeding mosquitos, so you want to keep that in mind,” Raman said. “Standing water, you want to drain, or remove if you can.”

Mosquitos are most active at dust and dawn. If you are out during those hours long sleeves and long pants are recommended. You might want to also consider using mosquito repellent, containing DEET.

So far, seven confirmed cases of West Nile Virus have been reported in Clark County, including one death. Symptoms can include fever, swollen lymph glands or a skin rash.
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