Posted: Jul 15, 2010 3:21 PM by Bea Karnes, News First 5
Updated: Jul 15, 2010 3:41 PM
Pueblo's first case of West Nile Virus this year has been confirmed, according to Sarah Bruestle of the Pueblo City/County Health Department.
The patient, who had to be hospitalized, is now home and expected to fully recover.
West Nile Virus is transmitted to people through mosquito bites. Symptoms appear 3-14 days after a bite. Symptoms include fever, headache, body aches, gastrointestinal pain, and occasionally skin rashes or swollen lymph nodes.
"It is unfortunate that anyone contracts West Nile virus, as it can be debilitating and leave long-lasting health effects," stated Dr. Christine Nevin-Woods, public health director of the Pueblo City-County Health Department. She added "This first West Nile virus case for 2010 confirms mosquitoes are carrying this virus in Pueblo and it is still important for individuals to protect themselves by following the Four D's."
DUSK & DAWN are when mosquitoes that carry the virus are most active, so limit outdoor activities or take precautions to prevent mosquito bites.
DRAIN standing water around the house weekly since it is where mosquitoes lay eggs, including: tires, cans, flower pots, clogged rain gutters, rain barrels, toys and puddles.
DRESS in long sleeves and pants during dawn and dusk or in areas where mosquitoes are active.
DEET is an effective ingredient to look for in insect repellents. Always follow label instructions carefully. For children, 10% DEET or less is advised. Other approved insect repellents are picaridin and oil of lemon eucalyptus.