Title: Fort Collins Implements Additional Measures to Combat West Nile Virus Spread
Fort Collins, CO – As the mosquito season rages on, the city of Fort Collins is taking proactive steps to protect its residents from the potentially dangerous West Nile virus. The city has announced that it will conduct its third round of mosquito spraying this summer, targeting the western part of Fort Collins, with some areas being sprayed for the second time.
The spraying operations are scheduled to commence on Sunday, August 6th at 8 p.m. and will utilize a permethrin-based product in a fine mist. To minimize pesticide exposure and potential health risks, residents and their pets are urged to remain indoors with doors and windows closed for 30 to 60 minutes after the spraying. Additionally, precautions such as covering organic gardens, ponds, and water features with a sheet or tarp are recommended.
Taking residents’ concerns into account, Vector Disease Control International, the contracted organization responsible for the spraying, will ensure adjustments to their schedule to accommodate any previously scheduled outdoor events. Real-time tracking of the spraying map and fogging truck locations will be made available on the city’s website.
The decision to conduct this additional round of spraying is based on recommendations from the Larimer County Department of Health and Environment and the city’s policies regarding West Nile virus management. The region has already reported one human case of the virus affecting a resident in south Fort Collins.
This year has witnessed a higher prevalence of mosquitoes carrying the West Nile virus due to increased moisture in the area. Last year alone, the state of Colorado recorded 206 reported human cases of West Nile virus, resulting in 20 fatalities. Elderly individuals and those with serious illnesses and immune disorders are particularly susceptible to severe forms of the disease.
Symptoms of West Nile virus can range from high fever and severe headaches to muscle weakness, neck stiffness, and numbness. In extreme cases, the virus can result in coma, convulsions, and paralysis. It is important to note that approximately 20% of infected individuals develop symptoms, while the majority exhibit no visible signs.
To combat the spread of mosquitoes and minimize their bites, authorities are urging residents to drain stagnant water, utilize mosquito repellent, limit exposure during peak feeding times, and wear protective clothing. These proactive measures, along with the city’s mosquito control efforts, are aimed at safeguarding the health and wellbeing of Fort Collins’ inhabitants and visitors alike.
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