Delta County Health Department Confirms 2 new Cases of WNV

Aug 13th @ 10:00 am in News by Scott Staley

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(Delta, CO)

Delta County Health Officer Bonnie Horn Koehler confirms two more cases of West Nile Virus in Delta County this year.

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Koehler says that while both of the recent confirmed cases of WNV involved adults in their 50s, the virus is nondiscriminatory and has stricken people from infancy to 90-years old.

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Health officials say that most people bitten by an infected mosquito show no signs or symptoms of illness.  Some people however become ill 3 to 15 days after exposure.  About one in five infected persons will experience mild illness with fever, and approximately one in 150-people exposed become severely ill.  There is no treatment for WNV and Koehler stresses that prevention is key.