City Fort Collins Continues to Monitor Mosquito Activity; Presence of West Nile Virus Rising
Residents in the southeast portion of Fort Collins are being advised that the presence of West Nile virus in Culex mosquitoes, the type of mosquitoes that can carry the virus, is rising more rapidly than in other parts of Fort Collins.
City staff will be distributing more than 2,000 door hangers on Saturday, July 27 reminding residents in the southeast neighborhoods to take extra precautions to protect themselves against mosquitoes, and to sign up for the City’s email notification system at http://www.fcgov.com/westnile/wnv-notifications.php
so they can be notified if and when spraying becomes necessary in their neighborhood. Fort Collins residents without internet access can sign up to receive phone notifications by calling Colorado Mosquito Control at 970-663-5697 or 970-962-2583.
The City of Fort Collins aims to reduce the risk of human West Nile virus infection while limiting adverse human health and environmental impacts. Any recommendation for spraying originates from the Larimer County Department of Health and Environment (LCDHE) and is considered in conjunction with a detailed analysis of West Nile virus risk by a 3-person West Nile Advisory panel that provides feedback to the City Manager. The panel uses Program Response Guidelines that were developed for the 2013 season and include specific criteria for determining whether or not spraying would be recommended.
At this time the Response Guidelines have not been met. The City will continue surveillance and monitoring, and the next report is due on Monday.
With mosquito counts on the rise, the City encourages all residents to take precautionary measure to protect themselves. Residents can reduce the number of mosquitoes around their house by removing standing water in ponds, gutters, flower pots and tires. Residents can also reduce their risk by wearing long sleeves and pants and insect repellent. To learn more about the virus, the City’s response plan and to sign up for email notification, visit the City’s website at http://www.fcgov.com/westnile