"The recent wet and increasing hot weather has created the ideal conditions for the Culex mosquito that carries West Nile Virus", Mark E. Wallace, Executive Director of the Weld County Health Department, stated in a press release.
The resident became ill on July 27 and was hospitalized the following day, according to a release from Weld County.
In rare cases, West Nile virus can cause encephalitis (inflammation of the brain) or meningitis (inflammation of the membranes around the brain and spinal cord). Nationally, there have been 39 cases and one West Nile-associated death. The symptoms are visible in remaining 20 percent persons with low immunity.
The first case of West Nile virus infection in Virginia this year has been reported in Fairfax County, coming on the heels of a confirmed case in Maryland. Since 2000, 134 human cases of West Nile virus have been diagnosed in CT residents including three fatalities.
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Most people infected with West Nile virus show little to no symptoms, according the department. Symptoms include high fever, severe headache, stiff neck, confusion and lethargy; those who experience them should seen medical attention promptly. These bodies of standing water are where mosquitoes lay their eggs.
Common places water can accumulate are outdoor features like potted plants and birdbaths, yard debris like, storage bins, kids' toys (including kiddie pools), rain gutters, and even corrugated downspouts.
The disease is most commonly transmitted to humans through a mosquito bite.
"It doesn't take much for several hundred mosquitoes to be born". Repellents containing DEET, picaridin, IR3535, and some oil of lemon eucalyptus and para-menthane-diol products provide longer-lasting protection. Wearing long-sleeve clothing and socks also helps prevent bites. For standing water that can not be drained such as fountains, ponds, etc., consider adding "Mosquito Dunks" or mosquito fish, which feed on mosquito larvae.
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