Colorado Resident Hospitalized With Potentially Deadly Form Of West Nile Virus

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The virus is transmitted to humans through mosquitoes, which acquire the virus by feeding on infected birds.

"This indicates that West Nile infected mosquitoes are now present throughout our community", Dr. Sarah Moyer, director of the Louisville Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness, said in a statement.

The resident started to feel ill on July 27 and was hospitalized the next day, the release said. Severe cases can lead to more serious illnesses, such as encephalitis and paralysis, and in some cases it can be fatal.

The Kent County Health Department says that they've found infected mosquitoes in the 49548, 49507 and 49504 zip codes.

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A year ago in the United States, the West Nile infection was reported in over 2000 patients, causing deaths of 121 people. "If you're being bitten by mosquitoes, they are 9 times out of 10 coming from your property".

A woman in Kozhikode district of Kerala is suspected of carrying a West Nile viral (WNV) infection and has been admitted to the Medical College. They can include fever, headache, nausea and vomiting, but most people don't develop any symptoms at all. A rare number of people can experience more significant symptoms. Change the water in bird baths at least once a week. For standing water that can not be drained such as fountains, ponds, etc., consider adding "Mosquito Dunks" or mosquito fish, which feed on mosquito larvae. "By eliminating places for mosquitoes to lay eggs, using insect repellent and other protective measures, and targeted use of pesticides, we can all make sure Pennsylvanians are protected".

If weather permits, wear long sleeves, trousers and socks when outdoors. Don't apply repellents containing permethrin directly to skin.

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