DENVER – Mosquitoes traps in Fort Collins, Weld County and the Town of Berthoud have tested positive for West Nile Virus for the first time this season, health officials said Wednesday.
While the risk remains low, officials said, the traps revealed Culex mosquitoes infected with the disease.
City officials said the vector index – the manner in which infected mosquitoes are measured – is 0.004 citywide. Before the city considers spraying for mosquitoes, the vector index has to be 0.75 in any of the four zones where the traps have been set.
The West Nile Virus is a disease that is transmitted to humans by mosquitoes. Symptoms range from none to very serious. To protect yourself against the West Nile Virus, remember the 4D’s:
Generally, mosquito season runs from late April until mid-October. For more information on West Nile virus, log on to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment’s website.