Positive West Nile Virus test for Pershing County mosquitoes

Mon, Aug 10, 2015 (1:05 p.m.)

RENO (AP) — State agriculture officials say they've detected West Nile Virus in a mosquito pool in Pershing County.

The mosquitoes were collected south of Rye Patch Dam at the end of July and tested positive for the virus last week at the Nevada Department of Agriculture's Animal Disease and Food Safety Laboratory in Reno.

Dr. Anette Rink, the lab's supervisor, says it's the first positive test this year outside the Las Vegas or Reno-Sparks area. Of the 66 other cases so far, one has been in Washoe County and the rest in Clark County.

People bitten by infected mosquitoes can suffer flu-like symptoms. Extreme cases can lead to death.

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