West Nile Virus & Mosquito Control Policy

Introduction to West Nile Virus

West Nile virus (WNV) is a disease transmitted to humans by mosquitoes. It first appeared in the U.S. in 1999 in New York. It has since traveled westward across the U.S. and appears in Colorado each summer.

Although all age groups are at risk for WNV, individuals over the age of 50 and those with compromised immune systems have the highest risk of severe disease. WNV can be fatal to anybody, regardless of age or health. Fortunately, you can take appropriate prevention measures to help protect yourself. 

There are no vaccines or treatments for the virus, so the best way to ensure safety is to prevent yourself from being bitten by mosquitoes.

Although less than 1% of infected people will develop severe illness, people over 50 are especially vulnerable to the severe forms of this virus.

West Nile 2019-01
  1. Report Possible Breeding Sites

Community members can report potential mosquito breeding areas to Vector Disease Control International (VDCI) or by calling 970-278-9977

  1. Protect Yourself with the Four D's
  1. 2023 Vector Index Data
  1. Mosquito Control Safety and Resources
  1. Does the town spray for mosquitos?