Loveland man contracts West Nile virus

First confirmed case in Larimer County this year

LOVELAND, Colo. - Health officials say a Loveland man has tested positive for West Nile virus -- the first confirmed case in Larimer County this season.

Jane Viste, a spokeswoman for the county's Department of Health and Environment, says the man began to show symptoms in early August but was not hospitalized and has since recovered. The Loveland Reporter-Herald reports ( ) his name and age have not been released.

Initial human symptoms can include fever, headache, nausea, vomiting, muscle aches, weakness and rash. More severe symptoms can include stupor, disorientation, coma, tremors, vision loss, paralysis and even death.

Last year, Colorado reported 322 cases of West Nile virus disease, and seven people died. The virus is carried by mosquitoes and spread through their bites.

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