Mosquitoes at three trap sites in Boulder County has tested positive for West Nile virus, Boulder County Public Health announced this morning.
The positive tests came from traps near West Canyon Creek in Erie, Coal Creek Golf Course in Louisville and Jimm Hamm Pond in Longmont.
Health officials are asking people to use insect repellent and dress in long sleeves and pants, especially if outside from dusk until dawn.
“Even though it can be inconvenient, taking steps to protect ourselves and loved ones is the best thing we can all do to prevent becoming very ill,” said Gina Bare, Boulder County Public Health environmental health specialist, in a statement. “Our recent high temperatures and wet weather have created the ideal environment for mosquitoes to breed.”
The vector index — a measure based on the number of mosquitoes that are carrying the virus and the total number of mosquitoes in the area — was 0.13 for Erie and Louisville and 0.11 for Longmont. The health department recommends emergency spraying when the vector index reaches 0.75.
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