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Mosquitoes with West Nile Virus found in Minden

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The fight against West Nile Virus will take to the air today as the Douglas County Mosquito Abatement District begins spraying for bloodsuckers.

Douglas County Mosquito Abatement District Manager Krista Jenkins said the district fogged near Winhaven on Thursday night.

Among the areas slated for aerial adulticide application, include where the district found mosquitoes positive for the disease north of Muller Lane and west of Highway 395, Jenkins said.

“We are also doing an aerial larvicide application off east of Highway 88 and south of Centerville Lane, on the northeast corner of Highway 395 and Muller Lane and east of Walley’s Hot Springs.”

Two mosquito traps near Minden have tested positive for the West Nile Virus.

One site is north of Highway 395 and west of Buckeye Road, and the other is west of Highway 395 and north of Muller Lane.

Today, the area behind the Judicial & Law Enforcement Building will be fogged starting at 6 a.m.

“This is an indication that there is the presence of the West Nile Virus in the Carson Valley,” she said. “West Nile Virus is spread through the bite of infected mosquitoes, which acquire the virus by feeding on infected birds. The illness is not spread person to person. Many people with the virus will have no symptoms or very mild flu-like illness. Mild symptoms include fever, headache, body aches, nausea, vomiting and sometimes swollen lymph glands or a skin rash on the chest, stomach, and back.”

Last year there were no cases of West Nile, and no mosquitoes with the disease were trapped.

Typically, human cases start turning up in late August or September.

There is no vaccine for humans to prevent West Nile virus, but there is one for horses, which are severely affected. The most effective way to avoid West Nile virus disease is to prevent mosquito bites.

The district advises Nevadans and visitors to take the following precautions to prevent West Nile virus throughout the summer months:

■ Use insect repellents when you go outdoors. Repellents containing DEET, picaridin, IR3535, and some oil of lemon eucalyptus and para-menthane-diol products provide longer-lasting protection. More information about insect repellents can be found at dcmosquito.org.

■ When weather permits, wear long sleeves, long pants, and socks when outdoors. Mosquitoes may bite through thin clothing, so spraying clothes with repellent containing permethrin or another EPA-registered repellent will give extra protection. Don’t apply repellents containing permethrin directly to skin. Do not spray repellent on the skin under your clothing.

■ Take extra care during peak mosquito biting hours. Take extra care to use repellent and protective clothing from dusk to dawn or consider avoiding outdoor activities during these times.

■ Mosquito-proof your home. Install or repair screens on windows and doors to keep mosquitoes outside. Use your air conditioning, if you have it. Empty standing water from flowerpots, gutters, buckets, pool covers, pet water dishes, discarded tires, livestock troughs and birdbaths on a regular basis.

For more information about west Nile virus, visit http://dcmosquito.wix.com/dcmad