First case of West Nile Virus reported in Cleveland County

Mosquitoes are the source of West Nile virus and public health officials are recommending the public take steps to protect themselves from mosquito bites

Mosquitoes are the source of West Nile virus and public health officials are recommending the public take steps to protect themselves from mosquito bites

West Nile virus was detected in mosquitoes in Weld County in the first week of July, adding to those already found in Larimer and Delta counties. Travelers are often advised to take vaccinations and precautions when traveling.

Although health officials say the risk of contracting West Nile is low, hotter summer days create conditions flawless for mosquitoes and the spread of the virus, and it's best not to get bit.

West Nile is primarily a bird virus that can affect humans and other animals and can be spread by the bite of summer mosquitoes.

Staff with the county's Mosquito Abatement & Vector Control Division will work with county Health Services Agency staff and California Department of Public Health staff on this year's response.

At this time, no human cases of West Nile have been identified in the province, according to a release Friday. EPA-approved bug sprays should have one of the following active ingredients: DEET (20-30 percent strength), picaridin, IR3535, and oil of lemon eucalyptus or para-menthane-diol.

Wear protective clothing, including long trousers, long-sleeved shirts and socks, in areas where mosquitoes are active.

Symptoms of West Nile Virus include fever, headache, body ache and a rash.

To guard against bites and mosquito-borne diseases, officials remind residents to eliminate standing water from around the house, fix window screens, change the water in birdbaths at least two times a week, and rinse out birdbaths once a week. "There is no specific treatment for West Nile virus and there is no vaccine".

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