Published: Sat, August 04, 2018
Health Care | By Oscar Goodwin

Public health officials warn of increased West Nile activity

Public health officials warn of increased West Nile activity

The virus is transmitted to humans through mosquitoes, which acquire the virus by feeding on infected birds.

The first human case of West Nile Virus in the province this year has been found in a child.

According to the Department of Public Health and Environment, the Mead resident became ill on July 27 and was hospitalized the next day. Severe cases can lead to more serious illnesses, such as encephalitis and paralysis, and in some cases it can be fatal. Dr. Garvey says that, until the state's first hard frost, whether it's for work or play, being outside means there's a risk for West Nile virus.

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Symptoms of West Nile Virus include fever, headache, body aches, nausea, vomiting, swollen lymph glands, a rash on the chest, stomach or back, and a fever.

Experts say most people who are infected have no symptoms or experience only mild, flu-like symptoms. The best method to reduce the risk of infections is avoiding mosquito bites.

"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.

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DRAIN standing water around your house weekly. "Get rid of even small amounts of standing water around your home".

Urban areas are more likely to have mosquitoes that carry WNV. Information about insect repellents can be found by visiting http://www.cdc.gov/westnile/faq/repellent.html. Use them according to label instructions.

DRESS in long sleeves and trousers in areas where mosquitoes are active. Other repellents containing picaridin, IR3535, oil of lemon eucalyptus or para-menthane-diol are also effective against mosquitoes.

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