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Jun 18, 2014 5:31 PM by Leah Kraus

Little risk for contracting West Nile from mosquitoes in southern Colorado

Reports of mosquitos carrying the West Nile Virus in northern Colorado have left many people worried about their own safety this summer. However, in southern Colorado, and more specifically Pueblo, Colorado Mosquito Control says the risk for being infected with the virus is very low.

Chuck Rodosevich, with Colorado Mosquito Control, says they capture samples of mosquitoes and then send them to labs for a breakdown of what they're carrying.

He says last year was a good year in Pueblo County, with only one mosquito testing positive for West Nile. This year, he isn't concerned either.

"With the circumstances we have, if we follow a typical pattern, we should start to dry up and see the mosquito population go down a little bit.

Rodosevich says it's still important for people to take precaution, especially during dawn and dusk.

He says to wear long sleevs and long pants and don't forget the bug spray.

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) says many people who contract West Nile never show any symptoms. However, one in five will develop a fever along with headache, body aches, joint pains, and vomiting.

More severe symptoms, seen in less than one percent that are infected include neurologic illnesses like encephalitis and meningitis.

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