Time to watch for West Nile

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GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO/KJCT) -- Mesa County Public Health says it’s time to start thinking about the West Nile threat this summer.

But there is some good news. So far this year, the number of Culex mosquitos, the kind that can carry West Nile, is not significantly different than in years past.

Mosquito numbers usually go up in early August, but officials say they aren't too concerned right now.

“Somebody gets bit in Florida, and symptoms develop after they get back home. So we see that a number of times. It’s been a few years since we had a case of West Nile Virus that we think was actually contracted in Grand Junction," said District Manager with Grand River Mosquito Control District Tim Moore.

To keep the bugs away, you can drain standing water around your property, and of course, make sure to use bug spray.

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