Manitoba child the province's first human case of West Nile for 2018

West Nile virus mosquitos

Symptoms of the viral disease vary from person to person. The initial body fluid sample taken from the 24-year-old woman and sent to the National Institute of Virology (NIV) in Pune has been confirmed as that of the West Nile viral infection.

It's the first human case of the virus in Colorado for the 2018 mosquito season.

"Mosquito-borne diseases overall are increasing", CDC spokeswoman Kate Fowley told weather.com. "It only takes one bite from an infected Culex tarsalis mosquito to be exposed to WNV". The best method to reduce the risk of infections is avoiding mosquito bites. The majority of people who develop this type of West Nile virus recover completely, but fatigue and weakness can last for weeks or months.

Experts say most people who are infected have no symptoms or experience only mild, flu-like symptoms.

Overall, 39 cases of West Nile have been reported in humans as of July 24. Symptoms can include muscle aches, headache and fever. Of those, 23 cases involved meningitis or encephalitis.

Preventative measures include wearing long-sleeved shirts, long trousers, and using mosquito repellant containing an EPA-registered active ingredient, such as DEET or Picaridin.

Since mosquitoes are attracted to standing water, residents are also advised to clean or empty out items that may hold water such as old tires, buckets, planters, toys, birdbaths, flowerpots, tarps, trash containers, downspout extensions and other containers to stop mosquitoes from breeding on your property. The use of mosquito nets can be useful at night, particularly for infants.

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