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City of Denver on Mosquitoes

From the City of Denver's Department of Environmental Health (DEH): 
Well, it's that time of the year again. Mosquito season is just over the horizon.  DEH’s effort includes:  (1) surveillance and control of larval mosquitoes on City and County of Denver owned and controlled properties at over 50 sites weekly; (2) weekly trapping of adult mosquitoes to assess species occurrence and for the degree of presence of West Nile Virus; and (3) respond to concerns from the public regarding mosquito habitat and prevalence. 

It is our hope that this year, by contracting out most of our surveillance efforts, we can better focus on program management and oversight, particularly as it relates to public health concerns.  Quality is very important and so we will also be conducting oversight surveillance on existing sites to assure that transition to a contractor goes smoothly.

With the outbreak of Zika in our hemisphere and the associated media coverage, there will likely be more inquiries from the public.  We want to reassure you and the public that:

  • Mosquitoes species that carry and transmit Zika virus do not sustain local populations in Colorado and, for that reason, make it highly unlikely that anyone will contract the disease locally (from mosquitoes);
  • Zika can be transmitted through sexual contact with partners that have contracted the virus while traveling abroad in regions where it is transmitted by local mosquitoes.

If you have questions, please contact Doug Kelley doug.kelley@denvergov.org;  720-865-5455.

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