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LARIMER COUNTY – Officials have trapped mosquitoes that tested positive for the West Nile virus in Loveland and Fort Collins -- the first positive samples found in Larimer County this year.

Three of 43 traps tested in Fort Collins tested positive for the virus, compared to two of 10 placed in Loveland, the Health Department confirms.

The samples were collected from July 20-24.

The positive traps in Fort Collins were found in the southeast part of the city. Loveland's traps were in the southern part of the city.

Health officials say mosquitoes infected with West Nile are typically first identified in July.

The Health Department recommends taking the following precautions to avoid being infected with West Nile:

  • Use a mosquito repellent that has been proven to be effective against West Nile virus-carrying mosquitoes. Ones that contain DEET, Picaridin, Oil of Lemon Eucalyptus (with active ingredient PMD, or p-menthane diol) or IR3535 are good choices.
  • Cover up as much as possible,and use a repellent on exposed skin when out during prime Culex mosquito-biting hours (from dusk to dawn).
  • Drain standing water in your yard or in your garden. Empty bird baths at least twice a week when the weather is hot.
  • Add mosquito-eating minnows to or a mosquito "dunk" to ornamental ponds that hold standing water.
  • Use netting over baby carriers and strollers

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