First mosquito found positive for West Nile virus in Garfield County |

First mosquito found positive for West Nile virus in Garfield County

Colorado Department of Public Health and the Environment confirmed the first West Nile virus-positive mosquito sample for Garfield County on Wednesday morning. The positive mosquito sample was from a mosquito trap located near Cottonwood Park in Parachute collected last week.Garfield County Public Health officials are urging that residents throughout the county take precautions to avoid getting bitten by mosquitoes. Use DEET-enhanced insect repellent, dress in long sleeves and pants, avoid the outdoors during the high mosquito active periods of dusk and dawn, and drain standing water around the home.As of Aug. 29, 80 human cases of West Nile virus have been reported in Colorado, including one fatality in Jefferson County.

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