Public health officials reported Wednesday that they found mosquitoes in two pools in Longmont testing positive for West Nile virus. It was the second time in two days that WNV-positive mosquitoes were found. The first was announced Tuesday in Boulder.
The Longmont pools were located at the Boulder County Fairgrounds and the St. Vrain Greenway at Emery Street, according to an announcement from Boulder County Public Health.
Positive tests have also been confirmed in Weld, Adams, Mesa and Delta counties so far this year.
Health officials warn that people should protect themselves by using DEET-enhanced insect repellent, dressing in long sleeves and pants, avoiding the outdoors at dusk and dawn and eliminating any standing water from around their homes.
So far no human cases of WNV have been reported in Boulder County. Last year there were 51 cases in Boulder County and 320 in Colorado.
There is no known cure for WNV and it could be life-threatening to the elderly, the very young and the infirm. Symptoms include fever, extreme fatigue, headaches and body aches.
For more information you can visit BoulderCountyMosquito.net or call the Colorado Health Information Line at 1-877-462-2911.
Longmont is spraying for the first time in 2014 Wednesday night, in the neighborhood southwest of Colorado Highway 119 and East County Line Road, starting at 9:30 p.m. For information on when Colorado Mosquito Control will be spraying in Longmont call 970-962-2582.