DENVER — The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment is urging families to take steps to stay protected from the West Nile virus, which occurs primarily from July through early September.
Last year, Colorado saw 101 cases of West Nile virus in humans. Three deaths associated with the virus were reported.
It is important to know the facts about the virus. Symptoms usually occur within five to 15 days of getting an infection. They include a high fever, headache and stiff neck.
To prevent exposure to the West Nile virus, avoid areas with high concentrations of mosquitoes. Standing water in ponds and rainwater collected in buckets and toys can also attract mosquitoes. Wear long-sleeve clothing and wear mosquito repellant.