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Health / Safety

Health officials suggest West Nile Virus precautions

August 23, 2013

Larimer County health officials are reminding everyone to take extra precautions against being bitten by a mosquito, given the increase in cases of West Nile Virus in the county.

The increase is due to a high number of mosquitoes in the community that are carrying the virus.

By mid-August, health officials had confirmed 30 cases in the county, including eight people who have a neuroinvasive strain that can cause meningitis, encephalitis and paralysis. This is an unusually high number of cases.

County health officials recommend the following steps to protect yourself:

  • The best defense is to wear mosquito repellant when outdoors. Wear an effective mosquito repellant, one that has been approved by the CDC or the EPA as effective against West Nile virus-carrying mosquitoes. Use repellent only as directed. Only use what you need. If you need to be outside, wear long sleeves and long pants in addition to mosquito repellant. (see chart)
  • Eliminate standing water in rain gutters, plants, fountains, outdoor items and children's playground equipment
  • Avoid spending time outside between dusk and dawn

For other tips and more information about West Nile virus, including symptoms, visit http://www.larimer.org/health/cd/westnile.cfm.

“We expect the number of human cases to continue rise over the next few weeks despite the recent spraying,” said Dr. Adrienne LeBailly, director of the Larimer County Department of Health. “We believe all the reported illnesses so far have occurred in individuals who were bitten in July, when the number of infected Culex mosquito was beginning to rise rapidly. These cases are only being reported to public health now. People infected in August will be reported to us in the coming weeks and months.”


Contact: Dell Rae Moellenberg
E-mail: dellrae.moellenberg@colostate.edu
Phone: (970) 491-6009