West Nile Virus found in mosquitos in Ft. Collins

DENVER - West Nile Virus continue to spread across Colorado.

Larimer County is reporting that the virus has been detected in mosquitos in Fort Collins and Loveland.

Infected mosquitos have also been found this summer in Jefferson, Adams, Boulder, Weld, Delta and Mesa counties.

Humans cases of West Nile Virus have been reported in Boulder, Arapaho, Pueblo, Saguache and Mesa counties, according to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.

West Nile Virus is carried by infected birds and transmitted to people by bites from female Culex mosquitoes that have fed on infected birds.

To reduce your risk, remember the 4 D's:

Drain standing water in your yard weekly, since that’s where mosquitoes lay eggs. Drain tires, cans, flower pots, clogged rain gutters, rain barrels, toys and puddles.

Dusk and dawn are when mosquitoes that carry the virus are most active, so limit outdoor activities or take precautions to prevent mosquito bites.

DEET is an effective ingredient to look for in insect repellents. Always follow label instructions carefully.

Dress in long sleeves and pants during dawn and dusk or when in areas where mosquitoes are active.

Last year, Colorado reported 322 cases of West Nile virus disease, and seven people died.

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