Health Department confirms first case of West Nile Virus in Shelby County

Health Department confirms first case of West Nile Virus in Shelby County

Health Department confirms first case of West Nile Virus in Shelby County

Boulder County Public Health recently confirmed that mosquitoes in Erie, Louisville and Longmont, Colorado, have tested positive for West Nile virus (WNV), providing a reminder for the campus community to take precautions when outdoors this time of year.

Experts say most people who are infected have no symptoms or experience only mild, flu-like symptoms.

"With record levels of West Nile virus activity in mosquitoes already found, we are at increased risk of disease from a bite of a mosquito", said DEP Secretary Patrick McDonnell.

The DEP and its county partners across the state have been conducting routine, localized spraying to control infected adult populations of mosquitoes.

Symptoms of West Nile virus include fever, headache, body aches, a skin rash and swollen lymph glands. Less than one percent of infected people develop a serious neurologic illness such as encephalitis or meningitis.

Those who are 60 years of age or older are at the greatest risk along with those who have medical conditions like cancer, diabetes, hypertension, kidney disease, and or who have received organ transplants. Information about insect repellents can be found by visiting http://www.cdc.gov/westnile/faq/repellent.html. There were a total of 25 reported human cases in 2017, according to the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare's website. Always use according to label instructions. Other repellents containing picaridin, IR3535, oil of lemon eucalyptus or para-menthane-diol are also effective against mosquitoes. Last year, there was one non-fatal human case.

Dress in long sleeves and trousers. Residents are reminded to wear light-coloured, long-sleeved shirts and trousers and use mosquito repellent containing DEET if older than six months of age.

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