LARIMER COUNTY - As of Monday, 30 people have been diagnosed with West Nile virus in Larimer County, including 8 who have the most serious "neuroinvasive" form.
The most serious form includes symptoms such as meningitis, encephalitis, and paralysis. It is estimated for every serious case that 150-250 people have been infected, and between 40 and 60 have become sick.
In addition, 2 further West Nile cases were identified in Fort Collins blood donors who seem to be healthy so far.
The director of the Larimer County Health Department stated they expect the number of human cases to continue to rise over the next few weeks despite the recent spraying.
West Nile virus was first diagnosed in Larimer County residents in 2003, when over 500 cases of the virus were reported, 9 county residents died. According to the Health Department, 2013 looks like it will be the worst West Nile outbreak in Larimer County since 2003.
For tips on what you can do to protect yourself from mosquito bites, prevent West Nile virus, or on repellent to use, visit: http://larimer.org/health/cd/westnile.asp or call 970- 498-6700.
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