Weld County man hospitalized with West Nile Virus

The Southwest District Health Department said that the man lives in Canyon County, but may have been exposed in Adams County as well.

The Shelby County Health Department has confirmed the first human case of the West Nile Virus in Shelby County.

"It's peak season for mosquito activity, and it's important that we all be vigilant and take precautions when enjoying the outdoors this time of year", said CU Boulder Assistant Director for Environmental Operations Rob Lenahan.

West Nile virus, spread by the bite of an infected mosquito, can affect a person's nervous system.

The Department of Public Health and Wellness said in a release that surveillance traps in three local zip codes turned up infected mosquitoes including 40212, 40213, and 40214. But one person was infected previous year and survived.in 2016, two people contracted the disease with one death. They can include fever, headache, nausea and vomiting, but most people don't develop any symptoms at all. "You should wear insect repellant if you go outside during dusk or dawn and should remove standing water around your home".

People 60 and older or people with medical conditions are at the greatest risk. Standing water is an ideal breeding ground for mosquitoes. Residents are reminded to wear light-coloured, long-sleeved shirts and trousers and use mosquito repellent containing DEET if older than six months of age.

The best way to prevent infection from any mosquito-borne illness, including West Nile Virus, is to use mosquito repellent that contains DEET and by covering up during outdoor activities - wearing shoes, socks, long trousers and a long-sleeved shirt.


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