West Nile Virus Concerns After Flooding

Standing water left behind by flooding has led to concerns about an increased risk of contracting the West Nile virus.


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As counties throughout Colorado rebuild after days of historic flooding, there are health concerns about the standing water left behind.

In Weld County, officials say the combination of increased amounts of standing water and warm temperatures could accelerate the growth of mosquitoes--and increase the risk of contracting the West Nile virus. Standing water provides ample breeding ground, and warm weather can speed up the mosquitoes' growth process. Additionally, according to Colorado State University, September is still one of the peak months to contract the virus.

There have been 100 cases and one reported death from the West Nile virus in Colorado this year.

The Centers for Disease Control says that most people are infected do not get sick or exhibit symptoms, but that those who do fall ill will begin showing symptoms in five to 15 days. Symptoms can include fever, disorientation, neck stiffness and body aches.

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