RENO, Nev. (MyNews4.com & KRNV) -- The Washoe County Health District is reporting the first signs of the West Nile virus in our area this year.
So far, there have not been any reported West Nile cases in our area. But the Health District found the virus in mosquitos during their weekly testing.
Many residents are not aware of the findings. "No. I did not know that," said Sparks resident Eric Pike. "That is slightly terrifying."
Sun Valley resident Diana Childs agreed that it is scary. "It's not too nice of a disease to catch."
The Washoe County Health District routinely checks mosquitos for viruses. This week, they found some in the Kiley Ranch area that tested positive for West Nile.
At Wingfield Park, News 4 asked people if they are concerned. "I hear it's like Flu," said Childs.
Esma Novak is visiting Reno, and was more descriptive. "I think it's vomiting and things like that right away. Fever, vomiting."
Those symptoms can appear for one in five people who get West Nile. But the Center for Disease Control reports most people do not show any signs or symptoms. In some cases, though, it can cause serious neurological illness.
The news has some people preparing for the worst. "Now that I know about this, I'm going to take more preventative measures."
Novak said she will wear repellent all the time. "You never know when you're going to run into them."
The CDC has released a list of things residents can do to be protected:
- Use repellents containing DEET, picaridin, IR3535 from dusk until dawn
- Wear long sleeves & pants
- Check windows and doors for openings
- Remove standing water from yard