West Nile virus hits Weld County

  • West Nile virus hits Weld County

West Nile virus hits Weld County

Last year, the state had 149 reported human cases, which included eight deaths, according to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.

Elizabeth Schiffman says the hot and dry weather in July and August make conditions ripe for the species of mosquito which carries the virus.

Despite this, there has only been one reported case of a person contracting the disease this year, in Jefferson County.

The best way to avoid the infection is mosquito prevention, which includes wearing light or loose clothing, eliminate standing water in the home, ensuring all screens are working with no punctures, and using insect repellent.

Of those infected with West Nile Fever, only a small subset will go on to develop severe neurological effects, which can sometimes be fatal.

Limit outdoor activities at Dusk and Dawn when mosquitoes are most active.

The reminder was issued after the Simcoe Muskoka Health Unit announced that Collingwood has West Nile Virus infected mosquitoes.

When the larvae mature into adults, they bring out spray trucks.

According to Jamesina Scott, District Manager and Research Director for Lake County Vector Control, traps are out every evening at different points and collected weekly - a surveillance program that helps identify potential problem areas.

There are no special precautions or waiting period recommendations for swimming pools regarding ground spraying, the news release said.

"I've got renters that might not even move in there", he said.