West Nile virus

The Delta County Department of Health urges residents to be prepared for the West Nile Virus this season. Mosquitoes are active and many that transmit the virus have been circulating throughout Delta County.

“West Nile Virus can be a serious illness and residents need to be reminded of the health risks associated with this virus," said Delta County Environmental Health Director Ken Nordstrom. “Historically West Nile Virus cases begin to show up around the 4th of July holiday and continue through September. Don’t let your guard down and protect yourself from mosquito bites.”

Health officials say most people bitten by a West Nile virus-infected mosquito show no symptoms of illness; however, some people may develop symptoms three to 15 days after being bit by an infected mosquito. About 1-in-5 infected persons will have mild illness with fever, and about 1-in-150 infected people will become severely ill. Physicians are urged to test patients for the West Nile virus if they show signs of fever, altered mental status, suspected meningitis or encephalitis, or sudden painless paralysis in the absence of stroke, in the summer months.

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