Two adults are identified as the first human cases of West Nile Virus (WNV) for the 2019 mosquito season in Weld County. Both adults are recovering at home and neither was hospitalized. Mosquito traps in Weld County found the vector index — a calculation to determine human risk for WNV infection — has increased significantly.
There are steps you can take to protect yourself from mosquito bites and prevent WNV infection. Practice 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. DRESS in long sleeves and pants, and a hat, in areas where mosquitoes are active.
For more information about preventing mosquito bites and WNV, view Health Hot Topics at http://bit.ly/WeldWNV.