West Nile Virus Found In Five Counties

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West Nile Virus has been found in five Colorado counties, the state Department of Public Health announced Thursday.

The virus was found in mosquitoes collected in Adams, Boulder, Delta, Mesa and Weld counties. The health department says they expect to find the virus in more counties as the summer progresses.

Last year, seven people died from the virus and more than 300 got sick. 11 News interviewed one woman from Fountain who contracted the virus after being "attacked" by mosquitoes at softball practice.

Officials recommend that if you're going to be outside in areas where mosquitoes are likely, to wear long sleeves and pants. They also say that if possible, avoid outdoor activities like gardening at dusk and dawn when mosquitoes are most active.

An easy way to remember prevention tactics is remembering them as the four Ds:

-DRAIN standing water around your house weekly. Don’t forget to drain water from tires, cans, flowerpots, clogged rain gutters, rain barrels, toys and puddles.
-DUSK and DAWN are when mosquitoes that carry the virus are most active. Limit outdoor activities or take precautions to prevent mosquito bites during these times.
-DEET is an effective ingredient to look for in insect repellents. Always follow label instructions carefully.
-DRESS in long sleeves and pants in areas where mosquitoes are active.

If you have any of the following symptoms, contact your doctor immediately: fever, fatigue, headache, muscle weakness, rash, stiff neck, and changed mental state.

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