Health Department Confirms First Human Case of West Nile Virus in Mesa County
The Health Department says the incubation period for West Nile Virus is 5-7 days, so symptoms don't usually appear until about a week after a person is infected. The most common symptoms include headache, fever, body aches, nausea, rash and swollen lymph nodes. In severe cases, the virus may lead to meningitis or encephalitis.
Experts say the actual number of cases of West Nile Virus are hard to determine because many people who contract the virus show little or no symptoms or mistake the symptoms for other illnesses.
To protect yourself, the Mesa County Health Department says you should take the following precautions.