First Colo. West Nile case reported in Mesa County
An adult male from Mesa County has been diagnosed with West Nile Virus. This is Colorado’s first human case this year.
Four cases of West Nile Virus were confirmed in Mesa County last year. Statewide, 118 people contracted the virus, and four died.
Mesa County Health Department and Grand River Mosquito Control District have been testing mosquitos since mid-June, and none have tested positive for the virus.
According to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, mosquitos collected in Larimer County are carrying West Nile Virus.
Follow these steps to prevent West Nile Virus:
Drain standing water around your house weekly. Remember to drain water from tires, cans, flowerpots, clogged rain gutters, rain barrels, toys and puddles.
Dusk and dawn are when mosquitos are most active. Limit outdoor activities and take precautions to prevent mosquito bites during these times.
Deet is an effective ingredient to look for in insect repellents. Always follow label instructions carefully.
Dress in long sleeves and pants in areas where mosquitos are active.
For more information, visit http://www.FightTheBiteColorado.com.
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