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Second Human Diagnosed With West Nile Virus

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For the second time in a week another person has been diagnosed with West Nile Virus in Washoe County. A horse was also announced today as diagnosed with WNV.

The most recent person lives in the Rosewood Lakes area and was hospitalized as result of WNV.

According to Washoe County Health District Communications Manager Phil Ulibarri, “the individual exhibited the typical symptoms of WNV infection, namely a high fever (103 degrees Fahrenheit), headache, stiff neck, muscle and joint pain, and a history of mosquito bites. Lab tests confirmed the virus after the patient was released from the hospital.

“This highlights) the need for people to protect themselves from being bitten by mosquitoes,” Ulibarri stressed.

The Washoe County Health District will be conducting fogging in areas where know mosquito activity is present.

Helicopter larviciding is also scheduled for Thursday, September 3.

Health officials emphasize the importance of people taking precautions to keep mosquitoes from biting. Click here for steps to take to avoid mosquito bites.

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