First Human West Nile Case Of 2005 Detected In Mesa County

Grand Junction-For the first time this year, the west nile virus has been detected in a human in Mesa County. The Mesa County Health Department has tested more than 13 mosquito pools and three corvids this year for West Nile. All have tested negative, but the risk in Mesa County is present.

Pat Steinkirchner from the Mesa County Health Department believes the man was infected with West Nile Virus while in the downtown area of grand junction. The man, who is a 76-year-old Grand Junction resident, has become the tenth person in the state this year to contract the virus.

Last year, Mesa County saw 127 cases killing four people.
Health officials are predicting fewer cases of West Nile this year versus last. They say the risk for West Nile is present in Mesa County. It is currently listed as low, but increasing.

Steikirchner says it's important to take precautions to prevent West Nile by using insect repellant and eliminating standing water on your property.


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