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Take precautions during West Nile season

RIFLE, Colorado – Late summer presents an increased incidence of mosquitoes in Garfield County, creating an increased risk of West Nile virus. The strongest concentrations of the type of mosquitoes that may carry the virus have been found in the Grand Valley area of Garfield County in recent weeks.

Mesa and Delta counties have also seen an increase in West Nile-infected mosquitoes. West Nile Virus is carried by certain infected birds and transmitted to people by bites from mosquitoes that have fed on these birds.

“None of the mosquitoes trapped in Garfield County have tested positive for West Nile this season,” said Steve Anthony, vegetation manager for Garfield County. “Monitoring will continue using traps set by Colorado Mosquito Control around the county.

“An update of the prior week’s mosquito monitoring will appear on the county website throughout the summer and early fall every Monday,” Anthony said.

Visit http://www.garfield-county.com for information.

Meanwhile, prevent mosquito breeding and bites these four key ways:

1. Drain standing water

2. At dusk and dawn limit outdoor activity, when mosquitoes are most active

3. Use insect repellents containing DEET

4. Wear long sleeves and pants at dusk and dawn

Typical West Nile symptoms include fever, headache, tiredness and body aches, occasionally with a skin rash and swollen lymph glands. The illness can last from a few days to several weeks.

A smaller number of people will develop a more severe form of the disease including headache, high fever, neck stiffness, stupor, disorientation, coma, tremors, convulsions, muscle weakness and paralysis.

Report standing water or high mosquito activity to Colorado Mosquito Control at info@comosquitocontrol.com or (877) 276-4306.

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