Culex mosquito population expected to grow, health department reminds folks to prevent bites
June 28, 2017
Culex mosquitoes, the kind that carry West Nile Virus, will likely see some population growth soon, according to a news release from the Weld County Health Department. Data from previous years shows the mosquito population usually starts to grow in early to mid-July.
"A lot of people will be outside this holiday weekend," Mark Wallace, executive director of the Weld County Health Department, said in the release. "We encourage the public to take precautions to prevent mosquito bites."
Last year, there were 27 human cases of West Nile in Weld County.
To prevent bites, health department officials suggest following four rules:
» Drain standing water weekly. Remember to drain water from tires, cans, flowerpots, clogged rain gutters, rain barrels, toys and puddles.
» Limit outdoor activity around dawn and dusk when mosquitoes are most active.
» Use DEET.
» Dress in long pants and shirts with long sleeves in areas where mosquitoes are active.
West Nile virus symptoms can appear three to 14 days after an infection, according to the release. Initial symptoms can include fever, headache, nausea and vomiting, muscle aches and weakness and rash, but most infected people don't show any symptoms.
If a person develops symptoms, he or she should see a doctor immediately.