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West Nile Virus Detected on Mosquitoes in Fort Collins

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It’s definitely mosquito season. They are everywhere! Unfortunately, this is the time of year that the fear of West Nile virus becomes real. It has been confirmed that there are mosquitoes in Fort Collins buzzing around with the nasty virus this summer.

Do your best to prevent bites by following the “Four D’s”. The City of Fort Collins pushes hard for this with their Beat the Buzz campaign.

This release was issued from the City of Fort Collins:

Mosquitoes in Fort Collins have tested positive for West Nile virus (WNV) for the first time this season. Mosquito traps in the northeast and southeast section of town revealed Culex mosquitoes infected with the disease. The vector index, or measure of infected mosquitoes, is 0.20 citywide. Before the City will consider adulticiding the vector index must be 0.75 in any of the four zones and there must be two confirmed human cases. WNV is a disease that is transmitted to humans by mosquitoes. The symptoms of West Nile range from none to very serious. With the presence of the disease residents are encouraged to protect themselves using the Four D’s: Drain, Dress, Defend, Dusk through dawn. 1. Drain Mosquitoes breed in water! Drain any standing water in your yard each week. Bird baths, clogged gutters and kiddie pools are common breeding sites. 2. Dress Wear lightweight, long-sleeved shirts and long pants while outdoors. Spray clothing with insect repellent since mosquitoes may bite through clothing. 3. DEFEND Apply insect repellent sparingly to exposed skin. Use an approved repellent according to its label. To find the repellent that is right for you visit https://www.epa.gov/insect-repellents/find-repellent-right-you#searchform. 4. Dawn/Dusk Limit time spent outdoors at dawn through dusk, when mosquitoes are most active and feeding. While there are no guarantees that you will not get WNV, using the Four D’s helps minimize the risk. To learn more about WNV and how to protect your family visit http://www.fcgov.com/westnile/.

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