Pueblo County sees 1st human West Nile Virus case

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:

  • fever
  • fatigue
  • headache 
  • muscle weakness
  • rash
  • 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  

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