3 new human cases of West Nile in Colo. | VailDaily.com

3 new human cases of West Nile in Colo.

PUEBLO ” Three additional human cases of West Nile were reported Monday across the state, including one in Pueblo County where officials just last week confirmed the presence of infected mosquitoes.

The Pueblo County City-County Health Department said a 49-year-old woman was diagnosed with West Nile after suffering from a “head-to-toe rash.” She did not require hospitalization, health officials said.

The other two cases were reported in an elderly man in La Junta in Otero County and a 37-year-old Parker woman in Douglas County south of Denver.

Rick Ritter, executive director of the Otero-Crowley County health department, told the Pueblo Chieftain the patient in La Junta had “uncomplicated” form of West Nile virus.

The woman in Douglas County was hospitalized after being diagnosed with meningitis, and has been released, according to the Tri-County Health Department.

The new cases brings to 14 the number of human cases statewide this year, none have been fatal.

Since the virus was first detected in Colorado in August 2002, the state has recorded more than 3,700 human cases and 76 deaths. Health officials said the total number of human cases is much higher because only a small proportion of people who are infected feel sick.

Symptoms include fever, headache and neck stiffness. In more serious cases, blindness, paralysis’s and inflammation of the brain have been reported. “””

– Colorado’s West Nile Web page: http://www.cdphe.state.co.us/dc/zoonosis/wnv/index.html

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