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West Nile Virus Found in Colorado Mosquitoes but There Are No Human Cases Reported

Mosquito bites are annoying, itchy and sometimes dangerous for our health. The West Nile virus is a mosquito-borne disease that affects humans if they get bit by one. Most cases occur during summer when it is also the mosquito season. Recent reports found that Colorado mosquitoes have tested positive for the West Nile virus.

No human cases have been reported this summer

So far, there have been no West Nile cases reported for humans. This does not mean that we can forget about protecting ourselves from mosquito bites. Once the virus is detected in mosquitoes, humans can quickly get infected. A first step to protect ourselves is to use insect repellent. Some other good advice is to wear long sleeves and avoid going out during the day when mosquitoes are most active.

It takes several days to detect the infection

Once a human gets infected with the West Nile virus, it might take three to fourteen days to experience the typical symptoms. The most common symptoms are headaches, nausea, fever, vomiting, rashes, and body weakness. However, experts warn that most people do not experience any symptoms. Severe symptoms are not common, but they can happen.

Tri-County is trying to keep the virus away

On the official website of Tri-County, it is written that the Health Department has already taken several steps to ensure that the mosquitoes colonies are kept under control. There is a surveillance program to detect the West Nile virus, and several wild animals have also been tested. There are also mosquito traps, and there are other prevention measures to be implemented. It is advisable to avoid leaving still water in yards and open places to avoid mosquito breeding.

Elizabeth G. Cole
Elizabeth used to be an English teacher, but she left her old job so she could raise her children and get more involved with saving the environment. She is passionate about the Planet and loves to cover this topic, but also enjoys to write about family and children activities.