The Kiowa County Commissioners met with Meghan Hillman, Director of the Prowers County Public Health and Environment on Thursday and was told there have been five West Nile Virus cases within Kiowa and Prowers county within the area communities. Hillman added that public health is monitoring the situation and issuing safety guidelines to protect residents.
Prowers County Public Health and Environment is working closely with local health partners to spread awareness about West Nile Virus infection. We encourage residents to take the following precautions to reduce their risk of West Nile Virus infection:
West Nile Virus is most commonly transmitted through a bite from a mosquito that can cause mild to severe symptoms including: fever, headache, body aches and in some cases neurological complications. With the increase in rainfall we have seen this year comes an increase in mosquito population and as the mosquito population rises the risk of infection also increases.
There is no treatment for West Nile Virus infection, but milder illness usually improves on its own. Prevention is key, especially for people at higher risk. Rest, fluids and over the counter pain medications may relieve some symptoms.
CDPHE: cdphe.colorado.gov/animal-related-diseases/west-nile-virus/west-nile-virus-and-your-health or CDC: cdc.gov/westnile/.