West Nile cases in county now total 6 this year

Four more people have been diagnosed with West Nile virus in Mesa County, bringing the county total this year to six cases, according to the Mesa County Health Department.

The one woman and five men who have contracted the virus are between the ages of 20 and 51.

One has meningitis, while the other five have West Nile fever, the Health Department said.

Symptoms of West Nile virus include fever, headache, tiredness and body aches, occasionally with a skin rash on the trunk of the body and swollen lymph glands.

An estimated 1 in 150 people with West Nile virus will develop a more severe form of the disease, such as encephalitis or meningitis.

Illness can occur in people of any age, but people 50 and older or with compromised immune systems are at higher risk of getting severely ill after contracting West Nile virus.

For more information, visit the Mesa County Health Department website at http://www.health.mesacounty.us.


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