8/02/2006

West Nile Virus

In 2003, West Nile Virus first made its appearance in Colorado and was featured in the news frequently. Now we hear little about it although it is here to stay. Infection rates have been light this year (only 7 cases statewide as of August 1) according to the Department of Public Health and Environment’s Human West Nile Virus Infections web site. Compare this to 2003 when almost 3000 cases were reported! It’s still important to protect yourself from mosquitoes. Precautions are easy, and the Fight the Bite web site is worth checking out. Also helpful is the West Nile Virus Resource List by the Cooperative Extension. For detailed information, statistics, control, etc. go the West Nile Virus site by the Disease Control and Environmental Epidemiology Division.

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