Larimer County reports biggest number of West Nile virus cases in Colorado

Larimer County reports biggest number of West Nile virus cases in Colorado

Larimer County has reported the biggest number of West Nile virus cases in the state so far this year, and has become one of the most affected 10 counties nationally.

As of Oct. 28th, Larimer County had reported 32 confirmed cases of West Nile virus. Public health experts have warned that more cases could be confirmed in the next few days.

Dr. Chet Moore, faculty affiliate of the Arthropod-Borne & Infectious Disease Laboratory at CSU, said, “I don’t know what to make of it. There’s a lot of virus activity relative to the mosquito numbers. This is an odd virus, and unusual things seem to happen with it every year.”

In terms of the highest number of West Nile virus cases in Colorado, Larimer County is being followed Weld County for the time being. The Weld County Health Department has reported 27 confirmed cases of the infection.

Together, the Larimer and Weld counties are accounting for more than 40 per cent of confirmed West Nile virus cases in Colorado.

Separately, the Mobile County Health Department has reported the county’s third West Nile virus case. The county’s first case, involving a 42-year-old man, was reported in July. The second case surfaced in August.

West Nile Virus is a kind of mosquito-borne illness, characterized by symptoms like high fever, severe headache, muscle weakness, nausea, paralysis, stiff neck, disorientation and seizures. In some cases, it becomes serious enough to cause coma or even death.


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