West Nile Virus

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Colorado’s three confirmed cases of West Nile Virus are trailing hard-hit areas like Texas—which has seen more than 300. But local health officials are still warning there are risks.

Residents of Dallas received this robo call today:

According to The Dallas Morning News, that's Dallas City Hall Spokesman Jose Luis Torres warning residents to stay inside this evening, because the city has decided to spray pesticides from airplanes.

The West Nile virus is back, and it's looking like it could be particularly bad this year. As as result, federal health officials are warning people to protect themselves against the mosquito-borne infection.

The West Nile virus first showed up in the U.S. in 1999 and quickly spread from coast to coast, raising widespread alarm. Some have argued that red-breasted robins play a key role in the spread of the virus.

Boulder Finds Its Own West Nile Virus-Positive Mosquitoes

Jul 11, 2012
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The City of Boulder announced on Tuesday that they, too, have resident mosquitoes harboring West Nile Virus. The positive test comes about a month after the first cases in Colorado.

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Health officials are reminding Coloradans to protect themselves from West Nile virus-carrying mosquitoes this summer.

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With pools of mosquitoes confirmed to be carrying West Nile Virus across Colorado, West Nile season is officially here. If you get infected, though, don’t expect to run to the pharmacy. A pair of local researchers is trying to change that.

Like Fire Season, West Nile Virus Season Also Starts Early

Jun 19, 2012
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West Nile Virus has been found in trapped Culex mosquitoes in Delta, Larimer, and Weld counties.

The Costs of Mosquito Control

Jul 21, 2011
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Across many parts of Colorado, recent rains and flooding have left behind ample breeding grounds for mosquitoes, and health concerns are growing after Boulder County officials reported the first human case of West Nile virus this week. Many cities and counties are trying to strike a balance between protecting the public and their bottom line.

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As temperatures heat up, public health officials are warning Coloradans to take preventive steps against mosquito bites, which could lead to West Nile Virus.

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Citing budget constraints, public health officials in Jefferson County say they’re cutting a spraying program that prevents the mosquito responsible for carrying West Nile Virus from breeding.