FORT COLLINS — For the first time in 2018, mosquitoes in Fort Collins have tested positive for West Nile virus, according to a release from the city of Fort Collins.
Mosquito traps in Fort Collins, Weld County and the Town of Berthoud revealed Culex mosquitoes are infected with the disease, according to the city. The city added that the risk of contracting the virus remains low.
West Nile Virus is transmitted to humans by mosquitoes. Residents are encouraged to protect themselves using the Four D’s: Drain, Dress, Defend, dawn through dusk.
- DRAIN Mosquitoes breed in water! Drain any standing water in your yard each week. Bird baths, clogged gutters and kiddie pools are common breeding sites.
- DRESS: Wear lightweight, long-sleeved shirts and long pants while outdoors. Spray clothing with insect repellent since mosquitoes may bite through clothing.
- DEFEND: Apply insect repellent sparingly to exposed skin. Use an approved repellent according to its label. Click here to find the repellent that is right for you
- DAWN/DUSK: Limit time spent outdoors at dawn through dusk, when mosquitoes are most active and feeding.
While there are no guarantees that you will not get WNV, using the Four D’s helps minimize the risk. To learn more about WNV and how to protect your family visit fcgov.com/westnile.