It’s now easier than ever for Fort Collins residents to see the West Nile virus risk in their neighborhoods, thanks to a new Risk Map that is live on the Fort Collins West Nile Website.

The high-tech West Nile Virus Risk Map shows where testing indicates the presence of West Nile positive mosquitoes. The City of Fort Collins operates 53 traps throughout the community to provide up-to-date information on the severity of the virus.

The vector index, or measure of infected mosquitoes, is displayed using colors on the map. Blue is the lowest risk, with red is the highest risk. The interactive map allows people to see what the risk is in their neighborhood, as well as in areas they plan to visit.

The map is updated every Tuesday night and uses two weeks’ worth of data to generate the hot spot overlay. If there is no color on the map, the vector indexes are zero.