Recent Hot Weather, Spring Runoff, Increase West Nile Chances

Early warm temperatures and pooling left by flooding are raising the possibility of an early mosquito season, and with it the chance of a West Nile Virus outbreak. Kristy Westerman with the Mesa County Health Department says outbreaks of West Nile disease tend to lessen in the third year, and that is what Mesa County residents should expect this spring and summer.

Conditions this year may be ideal for a heavy mosquito hatch as dropping floodwaters leave stagnant pools along the Colorado River and other rivers in the area. Westerman says county officials are aware of the potential for a West Nile epidemic, and have already made plans to control it.

Officials in Laramie County, Wyoming, are already warning residents of an anticipated problem with West Nile Virus. Westerman says Mesa County residents should begin looking for potential water–holding breeding sites, such as tires and buckets on their property, that could hold breeding mosquitoes.

If such locations are found they should be emptied of water or given a larvicide treatment.


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