Colorado health officials have confirmed the first two human cases of West Nile virus this season. The first case involves a 35-year-old Adams County woman who became ill May 30th. A 30-year-old Pueblo County man who became ill June 2nd is the second confirmed case. Neither individual required hospitalization and both are recovering.
The state health department says this year's first illness occurred a month earlier than the first reported case of 2003. West Nile virus killed 63 people in Colorado last year and sickened nearly 3,000 people.
Here are some tips to avoid West Nle virus: Avoid outdoor activities at dusk and dawn when mosquitoes are most active. And always use repellent containing DEET.
For more information, call the Colorado State Health Department’s West Nile Virus Helpline at 1-877-462-2911.