First Two Human West Nile Cases Confirmed In Colorado

Fort Collins (AP) Colorado's first two human cases of West Nile Virus this season are being confirmed, Wednesday. The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment says a 50–year–old man from Weld County developed West Nile Fever on May 24th. The man was not hospitalized and is now recovering.

The second case involved a 17–year–old boy from Fort Collins who became ill on June 5th. Lab tests completed Wednesday confirm he also had the virus. He was hospitalized briefly but is now recovering.

West Nile Virus is carried by birds and transmitted by mosquitos that bite the birds and then bite humans or other animals.

Colorado is the third state in the U.S. to report human cases of the virus this year.

Two cases were reported earlier this month in Kansas and three cases have been reported in South Dakota.

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