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Larimer County warns of continuing West Nile Virus threat for Labor Day weekend

Even though summer is coming to an end, it may not be time to retire the bug spray just yet.

The Larimer County Health Department is warning residents of a continuing threat of contracting West Nile Virus in Fort Collins.


Northern Fort Collins has confirmed significant levels of infected mosquitos present around the Aspen Heights subdivision, according to the press release. Locations such as English Ranch Park in eastern Fort Collins and Red Fox Meadows Natural Area in western Fort Collins have recently reported high levels of infected mosquitos as well.

Labor Day weekend is no time to skip out on taking precautions against the virus, according to the Larimer County Health Department.

The Larimer County Health Department suggests that members of the community remember the Four Ds in order to reduce the likelihood of contracting West Nile Virus: DEET, dusk to dawn, dress and drain.

  • Wear DEET, or other effective bug repellent, due to its proven efficacy in warding off mosquitoes.
  • Avoid activity from dusk to dawn, when mosquitoes are most active.
  • Dress in long sleeves and pants in order to avoid bites.
  • Drain nearby standing water in order to minimize breeding ground availability.

For more tips on how to protect yourself, visit

Collegian Reporter Katy Mueller can be reached online at or on Twitter at @KatyMueller13.

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