4 new cases of West Nile Virus reported, 11 people now infected in Colorado

DENVER - The state of Colorado is reporting four new cases of West Nile Virus. The victims are three women and one man in Boulder, Larimer and Prowers counties.

The victims reported that their symptoms started in July.

There are now 11 people infected with the West Nile Virus in Colorado this summer. All of the victims are over 40 years old.

The most effective way to avoid West Nile virus disease is to prevent mosquito bites. Experts recommend remembering the Four Ds: Drain, Dress, Dusk, DEET:

- Drain all free standing water. Check flower pots, bird baths, swimming pools, gutters, drain pipes. Drain or clean out anywhere water collects.

- Dress in long sleeves and long pants. However, mosquitos will bite through clothes, even thick socks.

- Dusk (and Dawn) is the mosquitos’ favorite time of day so take extra precautions if the kids go outside during these times of the day.

- Use insect repellant. Apply repellents to exposed skin or clothing and avoid contact with your eyes and mouth. DEET concentrations vary from product to product from less than 10 percent to more than 30 percent. The higher the concentration the longer lasting the repellant.

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