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Health Department Begins Testing Mosquitoes For West Nile Virus

LARIMER COUNTY, Colo. (CBS4) - The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment is starting to test mosquitoes for the West Nile virus.

This is the first week of testing.

A human case of West Nile virus has already been confirmed in Larimer County. That person is recovering.

Last year there were 101 cases of West Nile in Colorado. That included three deaths.

LINK: Colorado Department of Health's West Nile Virus Page

Additional Information From The Colorado Department Of Public Health And Environment

To help prevent West Nile virus infection, follow the four D's:

– DRAIN standing water around your house weekly. Remember to drain water from tires, cans, flowerpots, clogged rain gutters, rain barrels, toys and puddles.
– DUSK and DAWN are when mosquitoes are most active. Limit outdoor activities and take precautions to prevent mosquito bites during these times.
– DEET is an effective ingredient to look for in insect repellents. Always follow label instructions carefully.
– DRESS in long sleeves and pants in areas where mosquitoes are active.
For more information about West Nile virus, visitFightTheBiteColorado.com.

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