Boulder mosquitoes test positive for West Nile virus

By Amy Bounds Camera Staff Writer

Mosquitoes at several sites in Boulder have tested positive for West Nile virus in the last couple of weeks, prompting city officials to urge residents to take precautions.

“It’s starting to show up here,” said Rella Abernathy, Boulder’s integrated pest management coordinator.

So far this season, mosquito samples also have tested positive for the virus in Longmont and in east county areas.

In Boulder, on June 25, a positive pooled sample came from mosquitoes trapped at Christensen Park and Stazio Ball Fields. On July 2, a second positive pooled sample came from traps located at Christensen Park, Tom Watson Park, Locust and 10th streets and the South Boulder Recreation Center.

Pooled samples indicate that positive mosquitoes came from at least one of the sites listed.

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