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    Avon
    100 W. Beaver Creek Blvd. 107
    P.O. Box 3419
    Avon, Colorado 81620
    Phone: 970-328-9813

    Eagle
    551 Broadway
    P.O. Box 660
    Eagle, Colorado 81631
    Phone: 970-328-8840

    El Jebel
    0020 Eagle County Drive, Suite E
    El Jebel, Colorado 81623
    Phone: 970-328-9586

    Fax: 855-848-8829
    (all locations)

Health department urges residents to take precautions against mosquito, tick and flea-borne diseases

Contact: Rebecca Larson, Disease Prevention & Control Manager, at 970-328-9820 or rebecca.larson@eaglecounty.us

July 10, 2015 - The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment is reporting a confirmed case of West Nile Virus in Mesa County. The department also reports that mosquitoes collected in Larimer and Denver counties are carrying West Nile virus and expects more counties to find infected mosquitoes as the summer progresses. While West Nile has not been reported in Eagle County, residents are encouraged to take precautions against mosquito, tick and flea bites. These insects transmit vector-borne diseases, such as West Nile Virus, Lyme disease, tularemia and plague. 

The most effective way to prevent insect bites and related illnesses is to avoid habitats prone to mosquitos, ticks and fleas. In the event that these situations cannot be avoided, take the following steps to prepare for outdoor activities:

Repel: Keep repellent containing DEET (20-30%) on hand and apply regularly during outdoor activities. Wear long sleeves and long pants whenever possible, and spray commonly worn outdoor clothing with permethrin. Permethrin is an insect-killing repellent that repels mosquitos and other insects for up to 10 washes. The product is available at sporting goods and outdoor stores.
 
Check: Check pets, kids and yourself for ticks when traveling through wooded and bushy areas with high grass and leaf litter. Remove ticks from yourself, pets and children using tweezers as soon as possible. Talk with a veterinarian about tick and flea prevention and medication for pets.

Follow-up: If a rash or fever occurs one to four weeks after outdoor activity or an insect bite event, seek medical attention. People diagnosed with illnesses transmitted through insect bites do not always remember coming in contact with the insects that cause the disease. 

For more information on insect bite prevention, visit http://www.cdc.gov/ticks/ or www.eaglecounty.us/publichealth.