West Nile Virus in Colo. again this year

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

Fort Collins, Colo. (AP) - Health officials in Larimer County say they have this year's first confirmed Colorado sample of the West Nile Virus.

The virus was found in a mosquito captured in Fort Collins last week. So far, there have been no Coloradans sickened by the virus.

West Nile is carried by mosquitoes and is usually harmless to humans, although it can cause flu-like symptoms or even death in rare cases.

Last year, Colorado had at least 16 human cases of West Nile Virus. That was a sharp decline from 2007, when 576 people were sickened by West Nile and seven people in Colorado died.
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