4 Boulder County residents catch West Nile virus

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Mosquito feeds on a human. Photo: USDA Agricultural Research Service

Mosquito feeds on a human. Photo: USDA Agricultural Research Service

BOULDER, Colo. — Four people have come down with West Nile virus in Boulder County.

Boulder County Public Health says they are all adults. Two of them live Lafayette, one lives in Boulder and the other lives in Longmont.

“They reported symptoms of fever, headache, chills, body aches, bone/joint pain, muscle weakness, tremors, sever fatigue and lost appetite but are recovering at home,” a statement says.

“One person experienced similar symptoms which have worsened; that resident is currently hospitalized.”

They all noticed symptoms in late July.

“This is a reminder to all of us that West Nile virus is still a risk,” said Carol Helwig, Boulder County Public Health Communicable Disease Control program coordinator. “We all still need to take steps to protect ourselves and our families.”

Some communities, including Lafayette, have been spraying to reduce the threat of West Nile virus

Pay Attention to the Symptoms

People get West Nile from the bite of an infected mosquito. Don’t hesitate to go see a doctor if you experience the symptoms which again include fever, extreme fatigue, headache, body aches, and occasionally can also include skin rashes and swollen lymph nodes. Generally, symptoms appear 3 to 14 days after getting the mosquito bite.

There is no cure for West Nile virus. The vast majority of patients start to recover quickly. A few develop complications and it can even turn deadly.

Boulder County Public Health officials urge residents to take necessary precautions to protect themselves. Keep safe this summer, and remember the 4Ds:

1. Use DEET-enhanced insect repellent or alternative
2. DRESS in long sleeves and pants
3. Avoid the outdoors from DUSK until DAWN
4. DRAIN standing water outside your home

Boulder County health officials say there have been 22 cases of West Nile virus reported in Colorado so far this season.

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