Another human case of West Nile Virus was diagnosed in a Delta County resident in the last week, bringing the 2013 county total to seven cases. The latest case was recorded Aug. 19 in a 30- to 39-year-old male from the North Fork area.
He is one of six victims experiencing uncomplicated fever; the seventh had meningitis.
As of Aug. 19, West Nile infections had been reported in 36 people in Colorado. Thirteen of the 36 patients had neuroinvasive infections, a risk that increases with age.
"There is no licensed human vaccine to prevent WNV infections," said Delta County public health director Bonnie Koehler. "Therefore, prevention strategies continue to be the key to reducing cases of human illness. Personal protective measures, including the use of DEET or other effective repellents, can be effective if followed consistently," she said. Dress appropriately and avoid being outside at dusk and dawn.blog comments powered by Disqus