GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO)-- A mosquito in Mesa County tested positive for West Nile Virus, health officials said.
Source: MGN Online
The Grand River Mosquito Control District said they have seen an increase in the number of Culex mosquitoes, which carry the West Nile Virus, in the last five weeks.
The Mesa County Health Department put out the following guidelines about West Nile Virus.
- The most effective way to reduce the number of mosquitoes around homes and neighborhoods is to find and eliminate their breeding sites.
- Mosquitoes lay groups of eggs on the surface of standing water.
- Be sure to empty rain barrels, bird baths, tin cans, old tires, car bodies, cisterns, roof gutters and any other containers that hold water on your property.
- Protect yourself and your family from mosquito bites.
- Use insect repellent containing DEET, oil of lemon eucalyptus, IR3535 or picaridin.
- Wear long pants and long shirts whenever possible.
- Avoid going outside during dusk and dawn, when mosquitoes are most active.
- Use screens on windows and doors and repair holes to keep mosquitoes outside.
Visit the Illness & Injury page at health.mesacounty.us for more information about West Nile Virus prevention and symptoms.