Warning Issued For West Nile Virus

PUEBLO, Colo. (AP) – Health officials are warning people to take precautions after mosquitoes tested positive for West Nile virus in southeastern Colorado.

Otero County Health Director Rick Ritter says the disease can spread quickly because birds can carry the disease. Symptoms may include fever, headache, body aches, skin rashes and swollen lymph nodes.

Ritter says people should try to control mosquito breeding grounds and try to prevent mosquito bites.

According to the Pueblo Chieftain, there is a vaccine for horses, but none for humans.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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