Colo. Resident has serious form of West Nile Virus

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"The recent wet and increasing hot weather has created the flawless conditions for the Culex mosquito that carries West Nile Virus", Mark E. Wallace, Executive Director of the Weld County Health Department, stated in a press release.

Gary Goodman, the district manager, said that it was paramount that they act fast to decrease the risk of the residents contracting West Nile virus and also protect the public.

Those zip codes are 40212, 40213, and 40214.

If you are planning to be outside enjoying this summer weekend, be aware, mosquitoes carrying the West Nile Virus have been detected in Kent County.

West Nile causes mild flu-like symptoms, but it can lead to a more serious condition that includes swelling of the brain, muscle convulsions, coma, paralysis and death, according to the DEP.

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The health department operates a mosquito control program and checks traps set in the community to test for diseases like West Nile, Zika and St. Louis Encephalitis. Less than one percent of infected people develop the neuro-invasive form of the illness.

Do not forget to use insect repellant when you go outdoors.

Consider the use of CDC- recommended mosquito repellents, containing DEET, picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus, IR3535, or 2-undecanone, and apply according to directions, when it is necessary to be outdoors. Always use according to label instructions. Long trousers and sleeves are also an important way to cut down on possible exposure to mosquitoes. But one person was infected past year and 2016, two people contracted the disease with one death. Birds are the natural hosts of West Nile virus.

Health officials said this is a good time to reduce the number of mosquitoes near your home by fixing any broken screens and removing standing water. Clothing should be light-colored and made of tightly woven materials that keep mosquitoes away from the skin.

The health department, with the help of Kozhikode corporation authorities, has already launched preventive measures including fogging and spraying to eliminate mosquitoes responsible for transmitting the virus into human beings.