YEAR’S FIRST WEST NILE VIRUS CASE RECORDED

The Denver Post - - DENVER & THE WEST -

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

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