The City of Brighton is encouraging residents to “Fight the Bite” against mosquitoes and the West Nile virus by taking the following precautions this season:
•Drain standing water around the house since it’s where mosquitoes lay eggs, including tires, cans, flowerpots, clogged rain gutters, rain barrels, toys, and puddles. Trim grass and shrubs and don’t over water lawns and gardens.
•Dress in long sleeves and pants during dawn and dusk and when in areas where mosquitoes are active.
•Wear insect repellant containing DEET. Always follow label instructions for skin and clothes. Products with 10 percent or less DEET are recommended for children.
•Dusk and dawn are when mosquitoes that carry the virus are most active so limit outdoor activities or take precautions to prevent mosquito bites.
The West Nile virus is rare, but if you have symptoms including high fever, severe headache and stiff neck, contact your health care provider immediately. Though anyone can be infected and become ill, severe illness or death is more common in people over age 50.
The Fight the Bite campaign is a West Nile virus prevention and education effort by Colorado's state and local health departments. On June 20, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment issued a health alert due to the identification of West Nile positive mosquitoes found in multiple Colorado counties including Adams County. While no cases have been reported in Brighton, city officials encourage residents to protect themselves against the virus.
For more information on the West Nile virus or how you can stay safe this season, visit www.fightthebitecolorado.com.