Weld Co. reports first human case of West Nile Virus for summer 2014

WELD COUNTY, Colo. - Weld County is reporting its first human case of West Nile Virus for this summer.

The victim lives in the Johnstown/Milliken area, according to the Weld County Department of Public Health and Environment.

However, health officials did not release any other information about the person.

Human cases of West Nile Virus have been reported this summer in Boulder, Arapahoe, Pueblo, Saguache and Mesa counties, according to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.

Infected mosquitos have been found in Jefferson, Adams, Boulder, Larimer, Weld, Delta and Mesa counties.

West Nile Virus is carried by infected birds and transmitted to people by bites from female Culex mosquitoes that have fed on infected birds.

To reduce your risk, remember the 4 D's:

Drain standing water in your yard weekly, since that’s where mosquitoes lay eggs. Drain tires, cans, flower pots, clogged rain gutters, rain barrels, toys and puddles.

Dusk and dawn are when mosquitoes that carry the virus are most active, so limit outdoor activities or take precautions to prevent mosquito bites.

DEET is an effective ingredient to look for in insect repellents. Always follow label instructions carefully.

Dress in long sleeves and pants during dawn and dusk or when in areas where mosquitoes are active.

Last year, Colorado reported 322 cases of West Nile virus disease, and seven people died.

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