First Colorado mosquito tests positive for West Nile in 2017

First Colorado mosquito tests positive for West Nile in 2017

The San Patricio County Health Department confirmed Wednesday that the patient affected by the West Nile Virus is a 75-year-old female resident of San Patricio County.

The mosquito was trapped in the Town of Berthoud last week, according to Larimer County Department of Health spokeswoman Katie O’Donnell.

West Nile Virus is most commonly spread by infected mosquitoes feeding on humans. “Portage County residents should be aware of the presence of West Nile virus and take some simple steps to protect themselves against mosquito bites”. Only about one in every five people develop a fever or other symptoms.

The County is now working on contacting residents to inform them of what precautions they need to take.

West Nile virus is a mosquito-borne illness that can lead to the neuroinvasive disease which can result in serious injury or death. Wearing long-sleeves, long trousers and socks when outdoors will help keep mosquitoes away from your skin.

There have been no human cases reported in Colorado so far this year.

– Make sure window and door screens are in good fix to prevent mosquito entry. Generally, mosquito season runs from late April until mid-October.

The Wisconsin Division of Public Health will continue surveillance for West Nile virus until the end of the mosquito season.