West Nile Virus causes second 2013 death in Colorado

DENVER - Health officials say a 53-year-old man from Adams County is the first confirmed fatal case of West Nile virus in the Denver metro area this year and the second in Colorado.

The Tri-County Health Department said Thursday the man died Aug. 27. The first West Nile virus death in Colorado this year happened on Aug. 25 in Weld County. The department says there have been 96 human cases of West Nile in the state this year.

Health officials say the symptoms of West Nile virus appear 3 to 14 days after exposure and include fever, body aches, neck stiffness, and disorientation. There is no human-to-human transmission of the virus.

Boulder County Public Health officials have suggested these precautions to protect against the West Nile Virus:

1. Use DEET-enhanced insect repellent or alternative.

2. Wear long sleeves and pants.

3. Avoid the outdoors from dusk until dawn.

4. Drain standing water outside your home.