(Las Vegas, NV) — The Southern Nevada Health District has reported a 75-year-old woman has contracted the West Nile virus and is hospitalized. This is the first case of the West Nile virus reported in 2012 in Clark County.

Devon Barrett is with the Southern Nevada Health District and told KXNT how you can stay safe.

“The most important thing to keep in mind is to avoid mosquito bites and eliminate standing water, which leads to breeding grounds.”

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently announced the West Nile virus infections and illness rates are on record pace this year with more than 2.600 cases and 118 deaths reported through Sept. 11.


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