With the recent heavy rainfall and flooding along with increased standing water throughout our county, there is now a bigger concern about the rapid growth of mosquitoes and the increased risk for contracting West Nile Virus (WNC).
This period of record-breaking rain will help create preferable conditions for mosquitoes to nest in, as they thrive in pools of stagnant water. This week’s forecasted heat will aid the growing process for mosquitoes, maturing them from egg to adult in as little as a week.
“People should take precautions [against mosquitoes] now of course, but it will be especially important in the coming weeks,” Dr. Mark Wallace, Executive Director of the Weld County Department of Public Health and Environment said.
The heat, humidity and standing water will not only cause mosquitoes to mature at a more rapid rate, but it also helps the virus incubate in birds that have been infected. This will make it easier for mosquitoes to pick up the virus and spread it to humans.
The best way for people to protect themselves from West Nile Virus is to prevent being bitten by a mosquito transmitting it.
Tips for Avoiding Mosquitoes:
For more information on WNV and associated precautions visit: http://www.co.weld.co.us/Departments/HealthEnvironment/ or call Kelly Campbell, Health Communications Supervisor at 970-304-6470 ext. 2325.
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