West Nile virus found in Weld, Larimer and Delta counties

Pauline Gross
July 18, 2017

The City of Dublin says an area of the city will be sprayed for mosquitoes Monday night after a mosquito trap tested positive for West Nile Virus last week.

Mosquitoes are most active on warm evenings and between dusk and dawn.

The virus risk is low, but the Weld County Department of Public Health and Environment warned that hotter days in July and August are flawless conditions for the Culex mosquito and the virus.

There are no reports of humans in Pennsylvania who have contracted WNV this year, according to the Pennsylvania West Nile Virus Control Program. "However, we are still in the active West Nile Virus transmission season - and people need to be aware of biting mosquitoes and take the necessary precautions to prevent being bitten by one".

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Residents can also aid the state's West Nile virus monitoring efforts by reporting any dead birds that have been dead for less than 48 hours. If you get bitten by an infected mosquito, you can contract West Nile or other mosquito-borne viruses. "More mosquito activity increases the chances for mosquito bites".

DEET: Make sure this ingredient is in your insect repellent.

Drain any standing water on your property that may produce mosquitoes.

DEP recommends residents try to eliminate mosquito habitats where they live. If residents must be outdoors when mosquitoes are active, the district recommends to wear long trousers and long-sleeved shirts, socks and shoes, and apply insect repellent containing DEET, Picaridin, IR3535 or oil of lemon eucalyptus before going outside.

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