Six human cases of the West Nile Virus have been reported in Churchill County, making the total for the State of Nevada 10 cases in 2016 to date.

West Nile Virus has been reported in Nevada every year since 2013 with as high as 124 reported cases in 2006 and as low as two in 2010.

Protect yourself and family by using insect repellents when outside; wear long sleeves, pants and socks when outdoors; spray your clothing with repellents containing permethrin; take extra care from dust to dawn, as these are the peak times for mosquito bites; install or repair screens on windows and doors to keep mosquitos out and use air conditioning when possible and empty standing water around your home and keep pools clean.

West Nile Virus is often spread through infected mosquitos and they are carriers of the virus who become infected when they feed off of infected birds. The virus can spread to both humans and animals through bites. It is not spread through casual contact such as touching or kissing an infected person.