With the recent uptick in confirmed cases of West Nile Virus on the Western Slope Delta health officials are urging residents to take preventive measures to thwart contract the illness. Delta based nurse Jeanine Finnel says folks bitten by an infected mosquito may mistake the initial symptoms for flu.
Finnel says the best defense is to be especially cautious outdoors, dressing in layers, donning repellant, and avoiding being outside during the peak-hours mosquitoes fly.
West Nile Virus is almost never fatal and infected victims may not require hospitalization. There is no real treatment for the virus, but victims should be made as comfortable as possible, get rest, and stay hydrated.