Colorado

Jul 2, 2010 4:26 PM by Greg Boyce

West Nile confirmed in Weld County

The first case of West Nile virus in Colorado this year has been confirmed by the Colorado Department of Health in Weld County.

Health officials advise people to take precautions against mosquitoes, which carry the virus.  Tips include wearing insect repellent and staying indoors at dusk and dawn when the the mosquitoes that carry West Nile are the most active. 

Elisabeth Lawaczeck, state public health veterinarian, explained, "Although we can't predict how severe the West Nile virus season will be this year, we do know that we will see virus activity statewide."

Precautions:

  • DRAIN standing water around the house weekly since it's where mosquitoes lay eggs, including: tires, cans, flowerpots, clogged rain gutters, rain barrels, toys and puddles.
  • DUSK & DAWN are when mosquitoes that carry the virus are most active, so limit outdoor activities or take precautions to prevent mosquito bites.
  • DEET is an effective ingredient to look for in insect repellents. Always follow label instructions carefully.
  • DRESS in long sleeves and pants during dawn and dusk or in areas where mosquitoes are active.

 

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