3 more cases of West Nile virus in Clark County

West Nile virus most active in August: Interior Health

West Nile virus most active in August: Interior Health

Furthermore, the West Nile virus continues to be a seasonal disease.

It's West Nile virus season.

The City of Longmont and VDCI provide a map through the West Nile virus webpage at LongmontColorado.gov/westnile that show the boundaries of predetermined spray areas.

The department found mosquito pools positive for the West Nile Virus in the following zip codes: 38002, 38016, 38053, 38104, 38106, 38108, 38109, 38111, 38112, 38114, 38115, 38116, 38117, 38118, 38119, 38122, 38127, 38128, 38133 and 38135. Spraying typically occurs on Thursday nights-giving residents 48 hours' notice of any spraying.

Further, because mosquitoes can also transmit the virus to horses and other animals, horse owners are being advised to contact their veterinarians for information about equine vaccines. To sign up for email notifications about spraying, go to spray notifications at the district's website at www.FIGHTtheBITE.net.

The Delta Vector Control District, which studies and controls the mosquito population in much of Tulare County, also confirmed St. Louis Encephalitis Virus in mosquitoes in Tulare County. These times are when mosquitoes that can carry the virus are most active.

Clothing can help reduce mosquito bites. The virus can lead to inflammation of the brain, seizures, and paralysis, and children are the most vulnerable to the infection.

Symptoms will range from moderate to mild in those who do get sick, and include fever, headache, body aches, nausea, and vomiting.

In less than 1% of people infected, symptoms may last for several weeks causing permanent neurological damage and death.

Cathie Anderson covers health care for The Bee.

Although the increase is small, experts encourage people to protect themselves against mosquito bites during the summer.

Apply insect repellent following label instructions.

Limit outdoor activities during dusk and dawn to prevent mosquito bites.

Remove areas of standing water around your home.

There were 2,647 cases of West Nile virus last year, the CDC said, which is 550 more cases than the year before. If you need to move a dead bird, precautions should be taken.