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West Nile Virus now detected in Colorado's Weld, Delta and Larimer counties

West Nile Virus now detected in Colorado's Weld, Delta and Larimer counties

So far, human cases of West Nile virus have been reported in Indiana, Kansas, Mississippi, Tennessee, Texas, Arizona, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, South Dakota, Georgia, Alabama, and California.

"In an abundance of caution, we are working with the DeKalb County Board of Health and redoubling our efforts to minimize any exposure to the West Nile virus in Brookhaven", City Manager Christian Sigman said in a news release.

According to the Oklahoma State Department of Health, 35 people were diagnosed with the virus in 2016.

Experts say there are several steps you can take to protect yourself from mosquitoes, including those carrying the virus.

"The finding in Collingwood indicates that West Nile Virus could also be present in Grey Bruce, as in other parts of Ontario", said Christine Kennedy, Medical Officer of Health.

"A small number of people (about 1 in 150) who get infected develop severe disease called West Nile encephalitis or West Nile meningitis", Smilanich said.




The province will continue to provide information on the risk of West Nile virus throughout the summer.

Those mosquitoes were collected recently from a trap in the town and tested positive, the first confirmed cases this year.

Dress in long sleeves and trousers.

There are no medications to treat or vaccines to prevent the virus.

To guard against bites and mosquito-borne diseases, officials remind residents to eliminate standing water from around the house, fix window screens, change the water in birdbaths at least two times a week, and rinse out birdbaths once a week.


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