Additional West Nile case reported in Clark County
Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- The Southern Nevada Health District is reporting an additional case of West Nile illness in an adult over the age of 50.
The person is hospitalized with the more serious neuroinvasive form of the illness.
This is the fifth case reported in Clark County in 2013. In addition, West Nile positive mosquitoes have been detected in the 89122 zip code.
Since July 3, the health district has reported four previous cases of West Nile-related illnesses; one patient has died. This is the fifth West Nile-related death in Clark County since 2003.
Most cases of West Nile virus occur during the summer months.
West Nile positive mosquitoes have also been detected in the 89014 zip code.
West Nile virus can be prevented by using insect repellents and eliminating sources of standing water which support mosquito breeding.