- Associated Press - Saturday, August 29, 2015

SPARKS, Nev. (AP) - A resident of Sparks has tested positive for West Nile virus after that person donated blood.

Washoe County health officials said the finding was confirmed Friday by the Nevada State Lab.

They say the infected individual was identified as a possible case through a blood screening process after giving to a local blood bank.

However, the person has not shown any symptoms such as a fever.

Washoe County officials say the case might never have come to light if the person had not donated blood.



Since the beginning of this month, five mosquitoes have tested positive for West Nile.

Health officials recommend wearing bug repellant and getting rid of standing water that can turn into a mosquito breeding ground.

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