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Written by Holyoke Enterprise   

Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment reported June 19 that mosquitoes collected in Adams, Boulder, Delta, Mesa and Weld counties are carrying West Nile virus. The department expects more counties to find infected mosquitoes as the summer progresses.

State health officials advised Colorado residents to take precautions against West Nile virus by wearing insect repellent and using other methods to avoid mosquito bites when outdoors. Last year, Colorado reported 322 cases of West Nile virus disease, including seven deaths.

Jennifer House, state public health veterinarian, explained, “Although we can’t predict how much West Nile virus activity will occur this summer, it is unusual for Colorado to have this many mosquito pools testing positive for the virus this early in the season.”

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Holyoke Enterprise July 3, 2014