LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Two people have recovered from West Nile virus in Clark County, health officials announced Wednesday.

The Southern Nevada Health District identified the cases in a man who was identified as over the age of 60 and another man over 70. The former had a non-neuroinvasive form of West Nile virus, while the latter had the neuroinvasive form of the illness. Both have recovered, health officials said.

According to the Health District, reports indicate the highest level of mosquito activity at this point in the season.

“As of June 21, 2024, 230 mosquito pools (7,493 mosquitoes from 30 ZIP codes) tested positive for West Nile virus. Nine mosquito pools, (267 mosquitoes from five ZIP codes) tested positive for the virus that causes St. Louis encephalitis,” a release from the Health District said.

Health officials encouraged Clark County citizens to protect themselves and provided the following tips.

  • Eliminate Standing Water: Remove breeding sources around their homes. Aedes aegypti breed in small containers that collect rain or irrigation water, such as children’s toys, wheelbarrows and plant saucers, and even bottle caps. 
  • Prevent Mosquito Bites: Use Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)-registered insect repellent. Wear loose-fitting, long-sleeved shirts and pants.
  • Report Mosquito Activity: Call the Health District’s surveillance program at (702) 759-1633. To report a green pool, people should contact their local code enforcement agency.

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