West Nile spotted in the Western Slope

Published: Aug. 15, 2019 at 6:46 PM MDT
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Mosquitos from two trap locations in Mesa Country have tested positive for West Nile. Both traps were in Fruita.

Officials at the Grand River Mosquito District collected the mosquitos on Aug. 5.

This is the first confirmed mosquito to test positive for the virus in Mesa Country this year.

"So make sure you drain standing water, in and around your house. Try to stay inside around dusk or dawn when these mosquitos are most active," says MCPH Epidemiologist Chelsea Stacy. "And then try and wear long sleeves if you are outside, and wear bug spray containing D."

There have been no human cases so far. Officials say symptoms can include fever-like illnesses.

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