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Colorado's 1st human case of West Nile virus this year diagnosed in Mesa County


DENVER — Health officials say the first human case of West Nile virus in Colorado this year has been diagnosed in Mesa County.

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment announced Wednesday that a man contracted West Nile, and that mosquitoes collected in Denver and Larimer counties are carrying the virus.

The Denver Post reports (http://goo.gl/8fCTZh ) that last year, 118 people in Colorado are known to have contracted West Nile virus. Four of them died.

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 and paralysis.

Health officials are asking people to take precautions by using mosquito repellent and otherwise avoiding mosquito bites.

Information from: The Denver Post, http://www.denverpost.com

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