Cases of West Nile virus on the increase across country

Joyce Lupiani

Cases of West Nile virus on the increase across country

CREATED Aug. 16, 2012

Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- Cases of the West Nile virus are on the increase across the country.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say that they have been nearly 700 cases of the disease and 26 deaths as of Aug. 14 of this year.

It is currently monsoon season in Las Vegas and Southern Nevada, which is the time of year when mosquitoes are most prevalent.

Any wash areas or places where there is standing water are known to be a potential breeding ground for the infected bugs.

Workers here in the valley are setting more traps to test mosquito's for the West Nile virus and the health district is being extra vigilant.

It is a trend that is being seen across the country.

In Dallas, Texas, the outbreak is so severe that nine people have died this summer from the virus.

Many cities plan to take to the skies to spray for mosquitoes.

The symptoms and severity of West Nile can vary. According to the CDC, 80 percent of those who have the virus have no symptoms at all.

Twenty percent end up with a mix of high fever, headaches, joint pain, vomiting and diarrhea.

With no vaccine or treatment for the virus, authorities say that prevention is key.

Tips include using bug spray and wearing long sleeves,. especially at dawn and dusk when mosquitoes are most active. Also, get rid of any standing water.