West Nile detected in Mesa County mosquitoes

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MESA COUNTY, Colo. (KKCO) -- Mosquitoes in Mesa County have tested positive for West Nile Virus, and health officials are urging residents to take precautions.

While there have been no confirmed cases in people yet, Mesa County Health Department experts say everyone needs to take steps to avoid being bitten.

Here are a few tips to avoid being bitten:

- Use repellent with DEET, picaridin or oil of lemon eucalyptus.
- Wear long sleeves and pants.
- Drain standing water on your property.
- Avoid being outside at dusk and dawn when mosquitoes are most active.

Prevent mosquito breeding with these steps:

- Check birdbaths, pools, pots, etc. for larvae. If you find any, empty the water.
- Stock your ponds, fountains and livestock water tanks with fish that eat mosquito larvae.
- Don't overwater your yard.

Only 20 percent of people who are infected with West Nile show symptoms. Those are usually fever, extreme fatigue, nausea, vomiting, meningitis or encephalitis.

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