Nine traps test positive for West Nile virus in Gerlach area

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Updated: 9/04 8:06 am
RENO, Nev. (MyNews4.com & KRNV) -- For the second time this year, mosquito samples in the Washoe County area have tested positive for the West Nile virus.

The Washoe County Health District says mosquitos caught in nine traps that were set in the Gerlach area tested positive for the virus.

The health district says this is the first time they've set mosquito traps in the Gerlach area. As a precaution, officials say anyone who attended the Burning Man Festival could have been exposed to the virus.

Gerlach does border the Black Rock Desert, but officials say the chances of mosquitoes traveling from Gerlach onto the playa is minimal.

The first human case of the West Nile virus in Nevada this year was reported in Clark County Wednesday afternoon -- but officials say it's not a very common virus.

"West Nile virus is very serious, but people need to know only about one percent of those people bitten by mosquiotes that carry West Nile Nirus will become seriously ill. Seventy to eighty precent of people bitten by mosquito with West Nile will show no signs ... or any symptoms," said Washoe County Health District, Communications Manager Phillip Ulibarri.

Officials are encouraging residents to reduce contact with mosquitos by wearing repellent and by removing standing water around homes. Officials also say mosquito season should die down in early october.


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