Mosquitoes in Longmont test positive for West Nile Virus

Mosquitoes in Longmont test positive for West Nile Virus
Posted at 7:28 AM, Jul 15, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-15 09:28:06-04

LONGMONT -- Mosquitoes in Longmont have tested positive for West Nile Virus.

The mosquitoes were trapped at the Shores-Concord Way in northwest Longmont.

As of July 13, there have been three human case of West Nile virus reported in Colorado in Bent County, Douglas County and Larimer County, according to Boulder County Public Health.

“Unfortunately, wet weather followed by high temperatures creates an ideal environment for mosquitos to breed,” said Lane Drager, Boulder County Public Health Consumer Protection program coordinator. “Now is the time to take steps to protect ourselves and our families from West Nile virus.”

To protect yourself, remember the 4D's:

  • Use DEET-enhanced insect repellent or alternative
  • DRESS in long sleeves and pants
  • Avoid the outdoors from DUSK until DAWN
  • DRAIN standing water outside your home.

West Nile Virus is transmitted to humans by the bite of an infected mosquito. Generally, mosquito season runs from late April until mid-October.

In 2015, there were 108 cases of West Nile Virus in Colorado. Three of those victims died, according to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.


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