Mosquitoes in Pueblo County and the city of Pueblo have tested positive for West Nile virus.
So far there are no reports of humans contracting the virus. Health experts say recent rainfall has helped mosquitoes thrive.
“It is important individuals take precaution to avoid the West Nile virus, as more mosquitoes are in Pueblo after the recent rains. Mosquitoes from Pueblo have tested positive for West Nile Virus again this year,” said Dr. Christine Nevin-Woods, public health director of the Pueblo City-County Health Department.
West Nile can develop in humans within five to 14 days after a bite from an infected mosquito. West Nile virus can infect any age group. Some of the symptoms include fever, headache, meningitis and encephalitis.
You can protect yourself from West Nile by draining standing water on your property; avoid the outdoors at dusk and dawn; use mosquito repellent with DEET; and cover up by wearing long-sleeved shirts, pants and shoes when you're outside.
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