Health department collects mosquitoes with West Nile

Health department collects mosquitoes with West Nile

Health department collects mosquitoes with West Nile

On June 30, 2017, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) reported the state's first human West Nile case of the season.

A mosquito pool tested positive for the virus during routine monitoring by the Windsor-Essex County Health Unit. There has been one human case of the disease reported in Colorado so far this year. Make sure doors and windows have tight-fitting screens.

-Limit the time you spend outdoors at dawn and dusk, when mosquitoes are most active. Fix or replace screens that have tears or other openings. "Protecting yourself from mosquito bites is the number 1 way to avoid getting any mosquito-borne illness".

- DRESS in long sleeves and long trousers and socks in areas where mosquitoes are active. IDPH recommends insect repellent that contains DEET, picaridin, oil of lemon, eucalyptus or IR 3535.

Finally, report refers to the need to report areas of stagnant water in roadside ditches, flooded yards and similar locations that could produce mosquitoes.

"Risk for human infection generally builds through the season with peak risk occurring in August", DPH Deputy State Epidemiologist Dr. Catherine Brown said in a statement. "More severe infections are marked by a rapid onset of a high fever with head and body aches, disorientation, tremors, convulsions and, in the most severe cases, paralysis or death".

Three human cases have been reported, including one new case this week in Kern County. The CDPHE is reminding the public that those over the age of 60 or who have certain medical conditions are at greater risk of developing series illness from West Nile, and thus, should take extra precautions against mosquitoes.

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