GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KREX) – The first human case of West Nile virus in Mesa County for this season has just been officially confirmed by public health officials. Neuroinvasive West Nile virus has been identified in a male patient in his 60s. He is now in the hospital. The disease’s severe variant, known as neuroinvasive West Nile virus, can cause encephalitis or meningitis.

The county’s West Nile virus cases are monitored by Mesa County Public Health. The Grand River Mosquito Control District, one of its partners, keeps an eye on the Grand Valley’s mosquito population.

In comparison to other years, there is a rise in West Nile virus infections in Montrose and Delta Counties. Residents of Montrose County or Delta County have been involved in 40% of the instances documented in Colorado this year. In the whole state of Colorado this year, there have been 63 instances of West Nile virus, including five fatalities, according to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. Health officials have seen an increase in mortality so far this season, with 7.7% of documented cases ending in death.

Since there is no cure for the West Nile virus, prevention is essential. Mosquito activity often increases at this time of year, so it’s crucial for locals to take measures. The easiest strategy to prevent contracting West Nile virus is to stay away from mosquito bites. Take some quick precautions to prevent yourself from mosquito bites as increased outside activity might result in higher exposure, which can have fatal repercussions.