Delta County logs 10th case of West Nile

The number of human cases of West Nile virus in Delta County has climbed to 10 with the announcement that three more people have contracted the disease within the last two weeks.

The Delta County Health Department also said a horse in the Delta area has tested positive for the virus.

The people involved in the three most recent human cases — a woman in her 60s from the Surface Creek area, a man in his 50s also from Surface Creek, and a man in his 30s from the Delta area — are all currently recovering from cases of “uncomplicated fever,” Delta County health officials said.

They report that the 10 Delta County cases involve four women and six men, who range in age between 25 and 74. Nine of the cases led to a diagnosis of uncomplicated fever, and the tenth led to meningitis. Five of the cases are from the North Fork area, two are from Surface Creek, and three are from the Delta area.

The most recent numbers show that West Nile virus has been detected in 120 people across Colorado so far this year. Two fatalities have been reported, in Weld and Adams counties.

Health officials point out that there is no licensed vaccine to prevent West Nile in people, so prevention is critical. Since the virus is transmitted via mosquito, they recommend use of DEET or other repellent, draining of standing water, and dressing appropriately when spending time outdoors. Animals can be vaccinated against the virus, health officials said.

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