The West Nile virus caused more than 60 deaths in Colorado last year. Now our recent heavy rains are delaying the fight against it.
El Paso County has been fighting the West Nile virus by dropping larvicide tablets down storm drains and in wet areas to kill the mosquito larvae. But last week's storms washed all that larvicide away. So on Monday, crews started dropping more tablets.
Dr. Tom Wood is with the El Paso County Health Department. He says the timing is bad because the mosquitoes just started coming out in force last week. "All the larvicide we put out---every bit is gone. So we're starting all over again. So we'll be out in the neighborhoods and out and around," says Wood.
Dr. Wood says they'll have to find the money to pay for this newest round of tablet treatments.
So far, not one bird has tested positive for the virus and no one in the county has come down with it, either. But the health department warns that people still need to be careful outdoors. Dr. Wood says it wasn't until late July last year when the first human case of West Nile was confirmed in El Paso County.
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Source: www.vdh.state.va.us contributed to this report
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