For Immediate Release
The Washoe County Health District confirms that a sample of adult mosquitos in the Spanish Springs/Kiley Ranch area has tested positive for West Nile Virus (WNV). The Health District monitors for mosquitos carrying diseases and has identified multiple positive samples during the sample collection period starting in May to the present. Sampling will take place until there is a hard freeze in the area.
Due to the WNV identification, the Health District will be increasing mosquito surveillance and conducting controlled early-morning fogging in the Henry Orr Parkway, Turnberry Drive and Vista del Rancho area, during the early morning hours on Wednesday, October 1, 2014.
Additionally, the first confirmed human WNV case in the County this year has been reported to the WCHD. The case is a male over the age of 50, with a recent travel history outside of Washoe County. This case is the third confirmed case in Nevada during 2014.
“Washoe County residents should remain attentive in preventing WNV,” said Washoe County District Health Officer Kevin Dick. “Increased standing water in the area due to the recent rains has created a prime habitat for the mosquitos that can carry transmittable disease.” Dick added that this is a reminder to all of us that we need to take precautions to keep the mosquitos at bay and bites to a minimum.
Dick stresses that to reduce contact with mosquitos and mosquito bites, people should remember to clear standing water from around their homes. “Any area can become a problem and a potential breeding-ground, including small puddles, pools, planters, children’s sandboxes, wagons or toys, underneath and around faucets, as well as plant saucers and pet bowls. Anything that can hold even a capful of water can give mosquitos the space they need to survive.”
Some additional precautionary mosquito facts include:
- Mosquitoes bite in the early morning and evening so it is important to wear proper clothing and repellent containing DEET, picaradin, oil of lemon eucalyptus or IR3535 according to label instructions. Repellents keep the mosquitoes from biting you. DEET can be used safely on infants and children 2 months of age and older.
- Make sure that your doors and windows have tight-fitting screens to keep mosquitoes out. Repair or replace screens with tears or holes; and,
- Vaccinate your horses for WNV.
The Washoe County Health District’s Communicable Disease Program investigates all reported cases of diseases like WNV and presents those cases in the Communicable Disease Weekly Report. Residents may report night-time mosquito activity to the District Health Department at 328-2434.
More information on WNV and the Washoe County Health District’s Vector-Borne Disease Prevention Program can be found at www.washoecounty.us/health/ehs/vbdp.html.
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