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Zoonotic Disease Weekly Update

This weekly update will be provided during the months of highest zoonotic incidence (typically June-September).

Weekly Update

picture of raccoonREMINDER:  Sometimes a wild baby animal may appear to be orphaned, hungry, or cold, but they are not. In fact, handling the animal could mean the mother will not come back and the animal may have to be euthanized. If you love baby animals, keep your distance and let them be wild! 



UPDATED August 30, 2019

West Nile virus (WNV)PREVENT MOSQUITO BITES AND MOSQUITO BREEDING AREAS AROUND YOUR HOME

Two (2) mosquito pools tested positive for WNV the week of July 28, 2019.
Five (5) mosquito pools tested positive for WNV the week of August 4, 2019.
Six (6) mosquito pools tested positive for WNV the week of August 11, 2019.
One (1) mosquito pool tested positive for WNV the week of August 18, 2019.
Nine (9) mosquito pools tested positive for WNV the week of August 25, 2019.

Two (2) Weld County residents have been diagnosed with West Nile Virus this year.

The Vector Index: According to the CDC, a Vector Index of 0.75 or above indicates an increased risk of WNV transmission to humans. Click here to see a map of Sentinel Zones.  

Vector Index Log
 Week Zone 1 Zone 2 Zone 3
 June 9-15 0 0 0
 June 16-22 0 0 0
 June 23-29 0 0 0
June 30-July 6 0 0 0
July 7-13  0 0 0
July 14-20 0 0 0
July 21-27 0 0 0
July 28-August 3 0.33 0 0
August 4-10  0.41 0.23 0.19
 August 11-17 0,74 0.19  0.20
 August 18-24 0 0 0.20
 August 25-31 0.64 0.94 0.46
 



Rabies: ALWAYS REMEMBER TO VACCINATE YOUR PETS FOR RABIES
 
Animals Tested for Rabies Positive
 Skunk  4
 Raccoon  1
 Bat  7

Plague: PROTECT YOURSELF AND YOUR PETS FROM FLEAS AND TICKS
No animals have been tested for plague this year.  Fleas from a reported prairie dog die-off tested positive for Plague during the week of August 11, 2019.

There have been numerous recent reports of prairie dog die-offs in Weld County. Practice good prevention by keeping pets current on a vet approved flea and tick treatment and by avoiding fleas. 

Tularemia
: USE INSECT REPELLENT, WEAR GLOVES WHEN HANDLING SICK OR DEAD ANIMALS, AND AVOID MOWING OVER DEAD ANIMALS

Two (2) Weld County resident have been diagnosed with Tularemia this year.

Hantavirus
: AVOID EXPOSURE TO MOUSE DROPPINGS AND MOUSE-INFESTED AREAS
No Weld County residents have been diagnosed with Hantavirus this year.

 

CONTACT INFORMATION

Environmental Health Services

1555 North 17th Avenue
Greeley, CO 80631
Monday - Friday 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Phone: (970) 304-6415
Fax: (970) 304-6411