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West Nile Virus in Larimer County (June 7, 2016)

This week the Larimer County Department of Health and Environment received the first report of a case of West Nile virus (WNV) in Larimer County this year.

A Loveland resident showed symptoms consistent with West Nile virus, and blood tests revealed West Nile virus infection. The resident was not hospitalized. Infection likely occurred the last full week of May.

Testing of trapped mosquitoes for West Nile virus will begin next week. Residents will be able to check online (www.larimer.org/westnile) to see weekly maps showing the number of Culex mosquitoes that were trapped in and around their neighborhoods in several urban areas of the county. If the trapped mosquitoes were tested for West Nile infection, weekly results can be found on a second map. Not all trapped mosquitoes are tested due to the cost.

West Nile disease is a viral infection which is spread to people by bites from infected Culex mosquitoes. Symptoms can range from none at all 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.

Larimer County Department of Health and Environment works with cities, Colorado Mosquito Control, Inc., and Colorado State University to monitor and assess the risk to Larimer County residents. The Health Department also works with homeowners associations to provide advice on eliminating sources of mosquito breeding and other methods of mosquito control.

West Nile virus can be prevented. In addition to community efforts, such as larviciding, reducing water where mosquitoes can breed, and spraying adult mosquitoes, individuals can remember to use the 4 Ds to help prevent West Nile virus disease:
  • DEET or other effective mosquito repellent - Use an EPA-registered mosquito repellent that has been proven to be effective against West Nile virus-carrying mosquitoes. DEET, Picaridin, Oil of Lemon Eucalyptus (also called p-menthane-3,8-diol or PMD) and IR3535 are good choices.
  • Dusk to Dawn - Avoid exposure during peak Culex mosquito feeding times, from dusk through dawn.
  • Dress - Wear long sleeves and pants to protect from mosquito bites.
  • Drain - Remove standing water in your yard or garden to minimize mosquito breeding areas.

  • For more information, visit the Larimer County website. Additional information about West Nile virus is available on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website.
     
    Bike Month in June (2016)

    Every June, Colorado celebrates Bike Month, and here in Fort Collins we love anything that highlights and promotes people who ride bicycles.

    Each year on the fourth Wednesday of June, FC Bikes hosts its signature Bike Month event: Bike to Work Day (BTWD). Fort Collins' Bike to Work Day is an event to encourage people to bicycle for transportation; experience the benefits of riding a bike; highlight Fort Collins' extensive bike routes; and demonstrate that bicycling is an easy, fun and healthy means of traveling around the city.

    Breakfast stations will be set up across the city from 6:30am to 9:30am, and cyclists are encouraged to stop by on the way to work for coffee, orange juice, bagels, breakfast burritos and a variety of other breakfast options, depending on which station(s) you visit.

    For more info about Bike Month and for a list of breakfast station locations so that you can plan your route, go to the FC Bikes' webpage.
     
    Naqvi, Sullivan Elected to Health District Board of Directors (May 2016)

    Faraz Naqvi and Deirdre Sullivan have been elected to the board of directors for the Health District of Northern Larimer County. Three candidates ran for two open seats on the Health District board. A total of 1,102 people voted in the special district election.

    Naqvi, 55, is a physician focused on elderly care, skilled and assisted living care and management of health professionals. Sullivan, 41, is a program supervisor for CanDo and Vida Sana at UCHealth Community Health Improvement and a facilitator with the Family Leadership Training Institute at Colorado State University Extension. Both are residents of Fort Collins.

    The Health District is governed by a five-member board of directors. Members serve staggered, four-year terms and are elected at-large from the community. Elections are held every two years in even-numbered years.

    The Health District provides residents of northern Larimer County with dental, mental health and preventive health services, in addition to connecting people to more affordable prescription and health insurance options.
     
    Election for Health District Board of Directors on May 3 (2016)

    Three people are running for the board of directors of the Health District of Northern Larimer County. They will compete in a May 3 election for two open seats on the board.

    Candidates are Robert Calhoun, 66, a licensed psychologist; Faraz Naqvi, 55, a physician focused on elderly care, skilled and assisted living care and management of health professionals; and Deirdre Sullivan, 41, a program supervisor for CanDo and Vida Sana at UCHealth Community Health Improvement and a facilitator with the Family Leadership Training Institute of CSU Extension. All three candidates are residents of Fort Collins.

    The Health District is governed by a five-person board of directors whose members are elected to alternating four-year terms. Board members are elected at large by eligible voters in the district, which encompasses the northern two-thirds of Larimer County and includes the cities of Fort Collins, Timnath, Laporte, Livermore and Wellington. Elections are held every two years.

    To be eligible to vote in the election, a person must be a U.S. citizen aged 18 years or older who is registered to vote in Colorado and is also a resident of the Health District. Non-district residents may vote if they or their spouse own property within the district.

    Voting on May 3 will take place at two polling locations in Fort Collins: the Health District main office at 120 Bristlecone Drive, and Spirit of Joy Lutheran Church at 4501 S. Lemay Ave. (corner of Lemay and Harmony).

    People also may vote by mail, and all completed ballots must be received at the Health District by 7 p.m. on May 3 in order to be counted. To vote by mail, request an absentee ballot by completing and submitting an Application for Absentee Ballot, which is available on the Health District website. Ballots will be sent automatically to people who have voted in previous Health District board elections and who requested to be on the permanent absentee ballot list.

    More election information, including details on obtaining an absentee ballot, as well as personal profiles provided by the candidates, is available at healthdistrict.org/2016-election.

    The Health District is a public agency that provides residents of northern Larimer County with dental, mental health, and preventive health services, in addition to connecting people to more affordable prescription and health insurance options.
     
    Health District Board of Directors Candidates Forum Set for April 6 (2016)

    Candidates for the Health District of Northern Larimer County board of directors will participate in the League of Women Voters Candidates Forum at the Fort Collins City Council Chambers, 300 Laporte Ave., on Wednesday, April 6.

    The forum will begin at 7 p.m. Members of the audience are requested to arrive by 6:45 if they wish to submit any written questions for the candidates.

    The forum will be shown live on Fort Collins City Cable 14 and will be repeated several times in the weeks leading up to the election. When available, the schedule will be posted at fcgov.com/cable14.

    Running are Robert Calhoun, 66, a licensed psychologist; Faraz Naqvi, 55, a physician focused on elderly care, skilled and assisted living care and management of health professionals; and Deirdre Sullivan, 41, a program supervisor for CanDo and Vida Sana at UCHealth Community Health Improvement and a facilitator with the Family Leadership Training Institute at Colorado State University Extension. These candidates will compete in a May 3 election for two open seats on the Health District board.

    To view candidate profiles and learn more about the election, including how you can vote by mail, visit healthdistrict.org/2016-election.
     

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