Weld County man hospitalized with West Nile Virus

West Nile Detected in Several States

Weld County man hospitalized with West Nile Virus

If you are planning to be outside enjoying this summer weekend, be aware, mosquitoes carrying the West Nile Virus have been detected in Kent County.

The resident started to feel ill on July 27 and was hospitalized the next day, the release said.

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. Spraying clothes with repellent will give extra protection - seeing as some mosquitoes bite through clothes. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, most people infected with the virus may not show any symptoms but some may experience fever along with body aches, joint pain, headaches, vomiting and diarrhoea.

About one in 150 will develop serious and potentially life-threatening conditions that include encephalitis, which is inflammation of the brain, or meningitis.

Weld County man hospitalized with West Nile Virus
Weld County man hospitalized with West Nile Virus

There are no medications to treat or vaccines to prevent infection. Change the water in bird baths at least once a week.

Carroll and Helwig recommend people eliminate any artificial containers with standing water on their property, such as buckets, wheelbarrows or toys.

More information on the state's mosquito testing can be found here. Always read the repellent label and consult with a health care provider if you have questions when using these types of products for children.

Dress in long sleeves and trousers. "The small pool of water that collects in a single upturned bottle cap is an incubator for as many as 300 mosquito eggs", said Helwig.

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