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Mesa county mosquito tests positive for west nile virus
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A Culex mosquito has tested positive for West Nile Virus in Mesa
County.
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Residents should do their part to keep mosquito populations low,
and prevent mosquito bites.
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The Grand River Mosquito Control District has seen an increase in
the number of Culex mosquitoes, those that carry West Nile Virus, in the last
five weeks.
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Most recently, more Culex mosquitoes are found in Grand River Mosquito
Control District traps than any other local mosquito species.
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The most effective way to reduce the number of mosquitoes around
homes and neighborhoods is to find and eliminate their breeding sites.
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Mosquitoes lay groups of eggs on the surface of standing water.
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Be sure to empty rain barrels, bird baths, tin cans, old tires,
car bodies, cisterns, roof gutters and any other containers that hold water on
your property.
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Protect
yourself and your family from mosquito bites
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Use insect repellent containing DEET, oil of lemon eucalyptus,
IR3535 or picaridin.
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Wear long pants and long shirts whenever possible.
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Avoid going outside during dusk and dawn, when mosquitoes are most
active.
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Use screens on windows and doors and repair holes to keep
mosquitoes outside.
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Visit
the Illness & Injury page at health.mesacounty.us for more information
about West Nile Virus prevention and symptoms.
how to find child care in mesa county
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School is just around the corner, meaning some parents may need to
adjust their child care.
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Mesa County Health Department licenses child care facilities and
has the info to get you started.
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Would a child care center, child care home or before and after
school programs work better for you and your family?
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Most child care centers have a capacity between 50 and 100 kids
with ample providers.
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Most child care homes care for as many as six children, ages birth
to school age.
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Before and after school programs work with children whose parents
need to be to work before school begins and/or longer after school ends.
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Looking
for a licensed child care facility in Mesa County?
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Visit
health.mesacounty.us and click on “Services,” “Licenses, Permits & Fees,”
“Child Care Facilities” and then on “Child Care Search” to find a facility that
meets your needs. 
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You
can also call 211 for information on child care in Mesa County.
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If
you’re looking for before and after school programs, contact your child’s
school.
Stay safe while you beat the heat
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Summer is the season for spending time outdoors.
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It only takes 15 minutes in the sun for ultraviolet (UV) light to
damage the skin.
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Stay in the shade when possible – bring an umbrella, just in case.
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Use sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher, even when it’s cloudy.
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Sunscreen expires, so be sure to check the expiration date before
use.
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Wear long sleeve shirts and long pants while outdoors, when
possible.
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A t-shirt only registers as SPF 15, so make sure to use sunscreen.
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Wear sunglasses and a hat – apply sunscreen to your ears and neck,
if they are exposed.
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Keep
your kids safe while swimming.
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Be
attentive. Many children who drown in home pools are out of sight for less than
five minutes.
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Kids six
years and younger can drown in less than two inches of water.
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Stay
within an arm’s reach of very young children.
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Limit
distractions – cell phones, books, magazines, etc.
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Put
life vests on young children and beginner swimmers.
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Make
sure the life jacket is the right size and fits properly.
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Be
sure to stay hydrated and stay cool.