Larimer's skyrocketing West Nile tally an unsolved mystery

FORT COLLINS COLORADOAN - Larimer County has the fourth-highest number of West Nile virus cases in the country, but the high count is a mystery to experts.

The number — 28 human cases this year as of Tuesday — is the most in the state and third-most Larimer County has seen in a decade. The number is especially striking when you consider the extremely large populations of the nation’s other West Nile hubs, including Los Angeles, Dallas and Phoenix.

The strangest part of all?

Larimer County has more infected mosquitoes than usual this year, but the total number of mosquitoes is below average. Usually, those two factors go hand-in-hand.

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