Health officials are urging Adams County residents to roll down their sleeves and wear insect repellent after Adams County’s first case of West Nile Virus was reported in Thornton. According to …
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Health officials are urging Adams County residents to roll down their sleeves and wear insect repellent after Adams County’s first case of West Nile Virus was reported in Thornton.
According to release from the Tri-County Health Department, the virus was found in a mosquito sample but has not been reported in humans so far in 2019.
“This first positive mosquito is a good reminder for people to protect themselves from mosquito bites and to eliminate mosquito breeding areas around their home,” Tri-County Health Executive Director John M. Douglas, Jr. MD said. “Everyone 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.”
The virus is typically spread by mosquitoes biting infected birds and can be a problem for people and for horses. It can cause West Nile Fever in people, symptoms like fever, headache, vomiting or rashes. According to the Centers for Disease Control, about 80 percent of those infected will show little or no symptoms while the disease can lead to encephalitis or meningitis in a small number of cases. It can take several weeks to recover from the disease.
The health department urges residents to eliminate standing water in rain gutters, old tires, buckets, plastic covers, toys and other containers of water where mosquitoes can breed. People may want to stay inside at dusk and dawn when mosquitoes are most activewear long-sleeved shirts, long pants, shoes and socks. EPA-registered mosquito repellents help, especially those containing the ingredient DEET.
For more information visit www.tchd.org/276/Mosquitoes-West-Nile-Virus and www.colorado.gov/pacific/cdphe/west-nile-virus
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