Weld, surrounding counties test positive for West Nile | TheFencePost.com

Weld, surrounding counties test positive for West Nile

All three mosquito trap zones monitored by the Weld County Health Department contained mosquitoes that tested positive for West Nile virus. Each zone contains five strategically placed mosquito traps — for a total of 15 mosquito traps — and is monitored on a weekly basis. Mosquito traps in neighboring Boulder and Larimer Counties have also tested positive for West Nile.

So far this year there are no reported human cases of the infection in Weld County; last year there were 10 human cases. About 80 percent of people infected with West Nile do not show any symptoms, about 20 percent will develop fever and recover on their own in a few weeks, and 1 percent will require hospitalization and may have permanent disability or death.

West Nile virus symptoms may appear in three–14 days after infection. Initial symptoms include fever, headache, nausea and vomiting, muscle aches and weakness and rash. Symptoms of severe illness include high fever, stupor, disorientation, coma, tremors, muscle weakness, vision loss, paralysis and even death. If someone develops symptoms, they should contact their health care provider immediately.

— Weld County Department of Public Health and Environment.

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