Mosquitoes trapped in Longmont test positive for West Nile Virus

LONGMONT, Colo. - Mosquitoes caught in several traps set in Longmont tested positive for the West Nile Virus.

According to Boulder County, the June 17 pool of mosquitoes is the first to test positive there this season. Larimer and Mesa Counties have also found mosquitoes that tested positive for the virus.

Marshall Lipps, Boulder County Public Health's environmental health specialist, advised that the current count of mosquitoes that may carry the virus is low but could increase as temperatures rise.

"Taking steps to protect yourself and your loved ones from being bitten by a mosquito is the best way to reduce your risk of getting the virus," Lipps said.

The health department advises everyone "remember the 4Ds" to protect themselves from the virus:

- 1. Use DEET-enhanced insect repellent or alternative.

- 2. DRESS in long sleeves and pants.

- 3. Avoid the outdoors from DUSK until DAWN.

- 4. DRAIN standing water outside your home.

As of June 18, five human cases of West Nile Virus have been reported in the U.S. Two were in Texas and the others were in California, Mississippi and Tennessee.

Additional information about West Nile Virus and mosquito activity in Boulder County is available at www.BoulderCountyMosquito.net.