What is West Nile Virus (WNV?)
- WNV is an arbovirus that is transmitted to animals and human (host) through the bite of an infected mosquito (vector).
- Mosquitos are infected with the virus by feeding on the natural host (resevoir) wild birds.
- A mosquito feeding on a WNV infected animal or human (host) cannot transmit the virus to another host. Animals and humans are considered an incidental host or "dead end host".
- WNV can cause meningitis (inflammation of the brain and spinal cord). Some signs of WNV include fever and icoordination
Reducing exposure to mosquitos is key in prevention of WNV
- Avoid being outside at dusk and dawn, it is the peak feeding times of mosquitos.
- Use protective clothing.
- Use mosquito repellant.
- Use fans during outdoor activities and in barns.
- Eliminate any standing water on your property to decrease breeding of mosquitos.
- Consult your veterinarian about vaccinating your animals.
More information at:
West Nile Virus in the news
- State Veterinary Office 2015 Update
- West Nile Virus (WNV) has been diagnosed in Colorado as of July 18, 2014.
- Colorado Department of Agriculture - Current News Relases
- Spetember, 12 1013 State Vets Office Update : 8 WNV positive cases
- August 22, 2013 State Vets Office news release : 2 WNV positive cases.
- August 15, 2013 State Vets Office news release : WNV positive case.
- Veterinarians recommend vaccination against West Nile Virus in camilids.... read more
- August 22, 2012 State Vets office Update on West Nile Virus