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COUNTY CITES FIRST HUMAN W. NILE CASE

COUNTY CITES FIRST HUMAN W. NILE CASE

Rocky Mountain News (CO) – Thursday, July 22, 2004
Author/Byline: Clayton Woullard , Rocky Mountain News
Edition: Final
Section: News
Page: 19A
El Paso County health officials on Wednesday reported the county’s first human case of West Nile virus this year, bringing Colorado’s total number of human cases to 25 in 2004.

A 29-year-old man became ill with the disease July 5 and was hospitalized July 16, suffering from meningitis, a high fever, vomiting and a stiff neck.

The man, whose identity was not released Wednesday, was not wearing mosquito repellent at the time of infection, which could have been three to 14 days before he became ill, said Dr. Sonja Anic, program director of communicable diseases for the El Paso County Department of Health and Environment.

Anic said the man was discharged and is recovering at home, but is still tired and weak.

“I really expect the patient will recover, but that he will need time for that,” Anic said. “The point is that this type of infection stresses the body’s inner system and no one can tell you what kind of disease you are going to get.”

Susan Hilton, spokeswoman for the El Paso County Department of Health and Environment, said the first case of West Nile virus in El Paso County this year was reported in a horse on June 17.

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