PUEBLO COUNTY, Colo. - Pueblo County saw its first hospitalized West Nile virus case on September 1, according to the Pueblo City-County Health Department.
West Nile virus develops in the human body within 5-14 days after a bite from an infected mosquito. It can be serious including fever, meningitis and encephalitis, and have potential for causing long-term illness and disability. West Nile virus can affect any age group.
“West Nile virus can be serious,” stated Kathy Nelson, program manager at the Pueblo City-County Health Department. “It is very important for every individual to take precautions to avoid mosquitoes that spread West Nile virus illness.”
Symptoms of West Nile virus may include:
- muscle weakness
- stiff neck
- changed mental state
Some infected persons experience a feeling of extreme tiredness and weakness for several weeks. Promptly seek medical attention from a physician if you have any of these symptoms.
During 2016, public health reported a total of two human West Nile virus infections were confirmed in Pueblo. In 2017, to date, public health reported Colorado has had 10 human cases of West Nile virus in 7 counties.
Additional information about West Nile virus can be found at Colorado’s website www.FightTheBiteColorado.com.