No West Nile in Douglas so far
August 21, 2014
West Nile Tips
� Use insect repellents when you go outdoors. Products containing DEET, picaridin, IR3535, and some oil of lemon eucalyptus and para-menthane-diol provide longer-lasting protection.
� If possible, wear long sleeves, long pants, and socks when outdoors.
� For extra protection, since mosquitos can bite through thin clothing, spray your clothing with repellents containing permethrin and don’t spray repellents on your skin under your clothing.
� Take extra care from dusk to dawn, as these are peak mosquito biting hours.
� Install or repair screens on windows and doors to keep mosquitos out.
� Use air conditioning, if you can, so you don’t have to open doors and windows.
� Empty standing water around your home (gutters, pet water dishes, tires, etc.) and keep pools clean on a regular basis.
Despite recent rain, Douglas County has remained free of West Nile virus in mosquitoes or humans so far this summer.
Mosquito Abatement District Manager Krista Jenkins said the district has been tracking the flood waters and treating including flying over the area.
"On Aug. 13, we did a helicopter larvacide application below Wally's Resort and in the flood water so-called lake on Fish Springs at East Valley," she said. "We have been trapping and testing mosquitoes since early June and so far all the traps have come back clear."
There's another month left in the season, Jenkins said.
"We still have to push through September before we can relax and call the West Nile Virus season good," she said. "With our new piece of equipment we are able to reach areas that we never could get into before and do a better more efficient job of larvaciding."
State officials said there have been 14 positive mosquito pools in the state, 13 of which have been in Clark County and one in Washoe County.
The state has yet to have a human case of the virus. However, officials say the state has had cases every year since the virus arrived in 2003.
The year 2006 saw the most human cases with 126. There were only two cases reported in 2010, according to the Division of Public and Behavioral Health.
Officials say the drought is contributing the lack of cases so far this year.
For more information about West Nile virus visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website at http://www.cdc.gov/westnile/index.html or call the Nevada Division of Public and Behavioral Health at 775-684-5911.