The Pueblo City-County Health Department Has Confirmed That Mosquitoes Have Tested Positive For West Nile Virus In Pueblo. There Have Been No Confirmed Human Cases In Pueblo So Far This Year.
West Nile virus develops 5-14 days after a bite from an infected mosquito. Symptoms of West Nile virus may include fever, fatigue, headache, muscle weakness, rash, stiff neck or mental status change. Fatigue and weakness can last several weeks.
It is very important to take precautions in preventing West Nile virus by following the FOUR D’s
- DRAIN standing water around your house.
- Limit outdoor activities in DUSK and DAWN when mosquitoes are most active.
- Wear insect repellent containing DEET.
- DRESS in long sleeve and pants in areas and time of day mosquitoes are most active.
For large local reactions to mosquito bites follow these steps:
- Elevate the affected area and apply ice to reduce swelling and pain.
- If itching persists, apply a topical steroid cream such as cortisone and take an anti-histamine such as Benadryl or Zyrtec.
- If increased swelling, redness or warmth to the area consult with a medical provider.
More information can be found at Colorado’s website www.FightTheBiteColorado.com