West Nile Virus detected in Weld County mosquito traps
July 14, 2017
Although the risk of West Nile Virus is low, the virus has been detected in one pool of traps set during the first week of July in Weld County.
According to a press release from the Weld County Department of Public Health and Environment, the hotter months of July and August create ideal conditions for the Culex mosquito, which is a genus of mosquito known for carrying the virus.
There are no human cases of West Nile in Weld, and only one in Colorado. Last year saw 27 human cases of West Nile in Weld. The county contracts mosquito trapping and testing in three zones, which include the Greeley/Evans area, the Johnstown/Milliken/Platteville area and the Fort Lupton/Dacono/Firestone area.
"It's best to avoid getting mosquito bites," said Mark Wallace, executive director of the department, in the release. "Although most people who get (West Nile) will fully recover, a few people may suffer long lasting neurological damage."
Symptoms can appear three to 14 days after infection, and include fever, headache, nausea and vomiting, muscle aches and weakness and rash. Most people exhibit no symptoms at all.
Though there are no medications or vaccines to prevent infection, less than 1 percent of infected people develop a serious, sometimes fatal, neurological illness.
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