YEAR’S FIRST WEST NILE VIRUS CASE RECORDED
Colorado’s first human case of West Nile virus in 2017 has been recorded in Jefferson County, and mosquitoes with the virus have been found in Larimer County, the state health department said Friday.
The infected person is recuperating at home in Jefferson County, said Mark Salley, spokesman for the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.
Weekly testing for mosquitoes that carry the virus began June 12, according to a CDPHE news release.
“Not all counties and municipalities test mosquitoes, so it’s important for all Coloradans to take preventive steps throughout the summer,” the release said
“When the virus is present, people are at risk,” Jennifer House, state public health veterinarian, said in the release.
“Protecting yourself from mosquito bites is the No. 1 way to avoid getting any mosquito-borne illness. Use an effective insect repellent, wear protective clothing or stay indoors when mosquitoes are active, and mosquito-proof your home.”
In 2016, there were 149 human cases of West Nile virus in Colorado, including eight deaths. Denver Post staff