2 New West Nile Cases Reported In Mesa County

Two more Mesa County residents have been diagnosed with West Nile Fever, bringing the total number of infections in the county for this year to three. The Mesa County Health Department says one of the people with the disease may have been infected in California. The two cases of West Nile Fever reported Friday affects two people in their 60's.

Of the three cases, two are from the Grand Junction area and one is from Palisade. That's a significant reduction from last year when Mesa County led Colorado in West Nile cases with 127 reported infections leading to four deaths.

Health officials say there currently is a low to moderate risk of human infection as mosquito populations continue to decline after peaking during the string of days with 100 degree temperatures the Grand Valley experienced several weeks ago.

Despite the decline in mosquitos, health officials still urge people enjoying the outdoors to use mosquito repelent and to get rid of standing water on their property.

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