Boulder County resident contracts West Nile virus

BOULDER, Colo. - Boulder County has confirmed that resident is ill with West Nile virus, it's the third person to contact the disease in Colorado this summer.

The Niwot resident reported symptoms of fever, chills, body aches, swollen lymph glands, and severe fatigue and is recovering at home, according to Boulder County Public Health.

The victim was bitten by mosquitoes at their home in Niwot in the last two weeks. Officials did not release the victim's gender or age.

"The weather conditions of rain followed by high temperatures create perfect breeding conditions for mosquitoes,” said Marshall Lipps, Boulder County Public Health environmental health specialist.

Two other human cases of West Nile virus in Colorado have been reported this summer in southern Colorado in Pueblo County and Saguache County.

Mosquitos with the disease have been found in Adams, Boulder, Weld, Delta and Mesa counties.

There is no treatment, cure, or human vaccination for the virus. Health care providers can only treat the symptoms to help patients feel better and possibly recover more quickly.

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.
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