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Sep 17, 2009 11:28 AM by Bea Karnes

West Nile Virus confirmed in Pueblo County

A Pueblo County resident has a confirmed case of West Nile virus, according to the Pueblo City-County Health Department, the first case of 2009. In addition, three horses in the county have tested positive.

"The individual that tested positive for West Nile virus is recovering at home and most likely acquired the virus in Fort Collins," said Dr. Christine Nevin-Woods, public health director at the Pueblo City-County Health Department. "Mosquitoes have been tested in Pueblo County throughout the summer for West Nile virus, and none have tested positive. The horses testing positive are the first confirmation of West Nile virus in Pueblo this summer."

Ways to control mosquitoes, which spread the virus:

· Use insect repellant for all outdoor activities. Use DEET, Picaridin or Oil of Lemon Eucalyptus.

· Dawn and dusk are when mosquitoes that carry WNV are most active, so limit outdoor activity during these times and dress in long sleeves and pants when outdoors and be sure to cover feet and ankles.

· Drain and empty all containers in your yard because mosquitoes carrying WNV can bite at anytime and anywhere, even in your own yards. Make sure your gutters and downspouts are clean and running freely.

· Check your home to make sure all windows and doors have screens and are in good condition. This will reduce the chance of mosquitoes entering your home.

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