Las Vegas mosquitoes testing positive for West Nile virus

Mosquitoes test positive for West Nile virus in eastern Coachella Valley

Mosquitoes test positive for West Nile virus in eastern Coachella Valley

Although there have been no confirmed cases of people contracting the virus this year, officials remind residents to be proactive in preventing breeding areas for mosquitoes.

Mosquitoes have tested positive for West Nile virus in the eastern Coachella Valley for the first time in 2017. Some years, human cases have been reported in Skokie and other nearby areas as well. The virus can not spread from person to person.

Carol Carlton with the health department said, "the symptoms of West Nile are kind of similar to the flu".

Wearing repellents containing Deet and wearing long sleeve trousers and shirts are a good way to keep the bites at bay.

OCCHD experts urge the public to place microbial larvicides also known as dunks in standing water that can not be drained as it kills larvae before they emerge as adult mosquitoes. Around the country, local efforts to control mosquito populations and reduce West Nile virus transmission include the use of larvicides in standing bodies of water to kill mosquito eggs and larvae, as well as the use of adulticides to kill mature mosquitoes that may carry the virus. The goal, says researcher Margo Brinton, PhD, is to learn which types of human neural cells can be infected by the West Nile and Zika viruses.

Many people who get the virus show no symptoms or mild symptoms, according to the health district. They were originally testing the bugs for Zika virus, but instead came back with positive results for West Nile.

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