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Rabies in Larimer County (Oct. 2018)

As of mid-Oct. 2018, the Larimer County Department of Health and Environment has confirmed that 35 skunks, 6 bats, and a coyote have tested positive for rabies in Larimer County. So far, the skunks have been found in Berthoud, Loveland, Fort Collins, Timnath, Wellington, and Carr. The bats were found in Loveland, Johnstown, and Fort Collins. The coyote was north of Buckeye Road.

Rabies can infect any warm-blooded mammal, but in Larimer County it is most commonly found in bats and skunks. Skunk rabies may pose a greater risk to pets and people because -- as ground-based animals -- they may interact more with people and pets than a rabid bat would.

If you see a skunk, bat, or another animal that's behaving strangely, keep your distance and call the Larimer Humane Society's animal control number at 970-226-3647, #7. Unusual skunk behavior can include being out during the daytime, being aggressive, turning in circles, or appearing tame and unafraid of people or pets.

The Department of Health and Environment reminds pet owners to keep their animals' rabies vaccinations up to date to prevent lengthy and costly quarantines -- or even euthanasia -- if pets have an encounter with a rabid animal. Livestock owners should check with their veterinarians about rabies vaccinations for their horses, cattle, and other livestock.

Ways to protect you and your family:
  • Do not feed or touch wildlife.
  • Teach children to observe wildlife from a distance and to notify an adult if there is a wild animal in the area or if they are bitten or scratched.
  • Eliminate food sources for wild animals by not feeding pets outdoors, closing pet doors (especially at night), and tightly closing garbage cans and feed bins.
  • Ensure that your pets, horses, and livestock are up to date on their rabies vaccinations.

  • For the latest information on rabies in Larimer County, visit the county website.
     
    Community Conversations: Aging in Larimer County (Oct. 2018)

    As our community ages, older adults will need access to resources and services to maintain their independence and quality of life.

    The Larimer County Office on Aging develops a new strategic plan every four years to add, update, or adjust programs and resources already in place.

    Fort Collins and Loveland residents are invited to participate in community conversations to share their vision of what makes Larimer County a great place to age in place. What is your vision for aging in Larimer County? For example, what suggestions do you have for improving our transportation system? What services are needed to help you remain independent in your home?

    Loveland residents are invited to share their vision, opinions, and suggestions on the future of aging at a community conversation hosted by the Larimer County Office on Aging on Oct. 15, 2018, at 1:00pm, at the Chilson Center in Loveland.

    Fort Collins residents can share their ideas on Oct. 24, 3:00pm, at the Fort Collins Senior Center, 1200 Raintree Drive.

    To register for either of these community conversations, call the Larimer County Office on Aging at 970-498-7792.
     
    Free Cholesterol Tests for Health District Residents in Sept. (2018)

    In recognition of National Cholesterol Education Month, the Health District of Northern Larimer County is offering free cholesterol tests to all district residents during September. The district covers the northern two-thirds of Larimer County and includes Fort Collins, Timnath, LaPorte, Bellvue, Wellington, and Red Feather Lakes. For those who live outside district boundaries, the cost is $15.

    A fingerstick blood test is used to obtain results for total cholesterol, HDL, LDL, triglycerides, and blood glucose. During each 20-minute appointment, a registered nurse will run the cholesterol test and will also check blood pressure and provide health education materials.

    A list of screening dates and locations is available at www.healthdistrict.org/heart or by calling the Health District at 970-224-5209. Appointments are required; reserve your spot now!
     
    Overdose Awareness Day Aug. 31, 2018

    Join us on August 31, 2-8pm, at Civic Center Park in Fort Collins. Find out how people in Larimer County are working together against the opioid epidemic and addiction overall. Learn about local resources, get trained on Naloxone, eat some food, listen to local musicians, and help us end the stigma around addiction. There will also be an art memorial and a candlelight vigil for those lost and impacted by addiction. This event is hosted by Larimer Court Support, Northern Colorado AIDS Project, the Health District of Northern Larimer County, and Good Day Pharmacy. For more information, visit the Facebook page: facebook.com/events/644338312594846/.
     
    First Human West Nile Virus Case Confirmed in Larimer County (Aug. 8, 2018)

    This week the Larimer County Department of Health and Environment confirmed the first case of West Nile fever in a Larimer County resident in 2018. A second potential case is under investigation. Human case reports usually peak in August and September.

    Mosquito numbers are abundant in many areas of the county. It is a good time to remind people to protect themselves from West Nile virus by taking steps to avoid being bitten. That can be done by using an effective repellent, wearing shirts with long sleeves and pants, or staying indoors when mosquitoes are biting.

    Trapping mosquitoes to monitor for West Nile virus began in June in Larimer County. West Nile disease is a viral infection which is spread to people by bites from infected Culex mosquitoes. Symptoms can range from none to severe illness. About 75 percent of people who are infected are asymptomatic; about 25 percent will develop West Nile fever. Less than 1 percent develop the more severe neuroinvasive form, which can lead to hospitalization, critical illness, chronic disability, or even death.

    The county health department works with our cities, a mosquito abatement company (Vector Disease Control International, formerly Colorado Mosquito Control), and Colorado State University to monitor and assess the risk to Larimer County residents.

    For more information on West Nile virus, visit www.larimer.org/westnile.
     

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