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Tri-County Health Department (TCHD) has confirmed West Nile (WNV) virus infection in three residents, one in Adams and two in Arapahoe Counties. Two of the three residents have been hospitalized. These are the first human WNV infections reported in the TCHD jurisdiction of Adams, Arapahoe and Douglas Counties this year. Most people get WNV from the bite of an infected mosquito.
The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment reports that as of September 14, there have been 47 human cases of WNV statewide this year, with one death reported. Historically, the vast majority of human cases are reported in August and September. Cases of human WNV have been reported from Adams, Arapahoe, Boulder, Clear Creek, Delta, El Paso, Jefferson, Larimer, Logan, Mesa, Montrose, Otero, San Miguel, Washington, and Weld counties.
“Tri-County Health Department is urging people to protect themselves from mosquito bites and to eliminate mosquito breeding areas around their home,” states John M. Douglas, Jr. MD, Executive Director of TCHD. “All Colorado residents should take precautions since West Nile virus is preventable by protecting yourself against mosquito bites. You can do this by avoiding outdoor exposure when mosquitoes are active, wearing protective clothing, and applying insect repellent whenever you are outdoors—whether in the backwoods or in your own back yard.”
Most people who are infected with WNV will not become ill. About 1 in 5 people who are infected develop a fever with other symptoms such as headache, body aches, joint pains, vomiting, diarrhea, or rash. Most people with this type of WNV disease recover completely, but fatigue and weakness can last for weeks or months.
Serious symptoms in a few people. About 1 in 150 people who are infected develop a severe illness affecting the central nervous system such as encephalitis (inflammation of the brain) or meningitis (inflammation of the membranes that surround the brain and spinal cord).
See your healthcare provider if you develop the symptoms described above.
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Tri-County Health Department serves over 1.5 million people in Adams, Arapahoe and Douglas Counties. It provides over 60 programs and services including birth certificates, immunizations, food/WIC, restaurant inspections, family planning, STI/HIV Testing and infectious disease investigations. For more information, visit www.tchd.org Twitter @TCHDHealth or Facebook @cotchd.