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Washoe Co. sees two more human cases of West Nile Virus

Staff report

WASHOE COUNTY, Nev. — Health officials on Tuesday confirmed two additional human cases of West Nile Virus in Washoe County and urged residents to learn how to protect themselves from mosquito bites.

Additionally, officials are asking individuals in the Truckee Meadows and Reno areas experiencing mosquito bites to contact them with the locations of increased bug activity.

There now have been four confirmed human cases and one equine case of WNV in the southern Washoe County-area since late August, said Washoe County Health District Communications Manager Phil Ulibarri.

“We are not experiencing any relief from mosquito activity with the current weather pattern,” Ulibarri in a statement. “Until we have a cold snap or a freeze that will stop the mosquito activity for the season, we stress the need for everyone to practice prevention strategies to keep from getting bitten.

While there doesn’t appear to be a threat of an outbreak — or of any worry for the Lake Tahoe region, due to the much colder climate here — health officials are urging people taking precautions to keep mosquitos from biting.

The health district is also advising health care providers to consider a WNV infection as a “differential diagnosis among patients who are ill and have recently experienced mosquito bites,” according to the county.

Residents may report mosquito activity to the Health District at 775-785-4599 or 775-328-2434.

More information on WNV and the WCHD’s Vector-Borne Disease Prevention Program can be found at http://bit.ly/1SCOM2g.