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Sep 9, 2010 8:14 AM by Bea Karnes, News First 5

Colorado monitoring mosquito carrying exotic diseases

Weld County health officials say they are monitoring the Fort Lupton area for a mosquito from Asia that can carry diseases not normally seen in the U.S.

The Greeley Tribune reports that Weld County officials will be spraying the area of Fort Lupton near the South Platte River to eradicate the Asian Tiger Mosquito. Officials will continue to monitor the area until next spring.

The mosquito is believed to have entered the U.S. from northern Asian through shipments of scrap tires.

The mosquito has been identified in 30 U.S. states and was previously seen in Weld County in 2003 and 2004. Health officials say the mosquito did not establish itself in the area then.

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