Health officials say they’ve confirmed the presence of West Nile Virus in mosquitoes in Garfield County. The discovery comes just weeks after one person was hospitalized for the virus in Delta County.
The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment confirms that that mosquitoes trapped in three Garfield County locations tested positive for the West Nile Virus. The mosquitoes were collected in Willow Creek in Battlement Mesa, Parachute’s Cottonwood Park, and Mile Pond Road, outside of Rifle.
Delta County Memorial Hospital R.N. Jeanine Finnel says symptoms of the virus mirror flu-like symptoms and can grow increasingly severe.
Finnel says the mosquito that carries West Nile Virus on the Western Slope is called the Culex. She recommends wearing long sleeves and using insect repellant to help prevent getting bit and contracting the virus.