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WHAT OUR TEAM IS MONITORING

IN MESA COUNTY

Learn more about COVID-19

COVID-19 is still circulating in Mesa County. We have several resources to limit the spread and reduce severe outcomes like hospitalization. Find resources for vaccination and testing on our main COVID-19 page.

Learn more about monkeypox.

Our team continues to monitor monkeypox in Mesa County. Learn about our local response. Find data and Colorado resources here.

West Nile is more serious this year.

There are two people in Mesa County with West Nile virus. It is serious enough for them to be hospitalized for treatment. There is no cure for West Nile virus.

Not everyone with West Nile virus will have symptoms. Those who do get symptoms may experience things like, high fever, disorientation, and seizures. So far this season, health officials are seeing an increase of cases resulting in death.

Deaths due to neuroinvasive West Nile virus can occur early on when you first get sick or result from complications of the infection months to years later.

Prevention is important.

  • Use bug repellent with DEET.
  • Wear long sleeves and pants.
  • Take away habitat where you spend time, like draining standing water.

Check in with our Regional Epidemiologist Tom to learn more. You can also read more on our News Page.

Campylobacter

Campylobacter is a bacteria that causes diarrhea, fever, abdominal pain, and nausea.

HOW DO YOU GET IT?

You can get sick from eating raw or undercooked foods, like meat, seafood, and produce.

HOW DO YOU PREVENT IT?

You can prevent campylobacter by washing your hands before cooking, keeping raw food separated from other ingredients
and cook everything to a safe temperature.

Find more information about campylobacter from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Giardia

Giardia is a tiny parasite (germ) that causes diarrhea, gas, stomach cramps, nausea, and dehydration.

HOW DO YOU GET IT?

Poop from people or animals infected with giardia spreads easily. You can get sick from swallowing contaminated food and water. It can transfer from your hand to your mouth after touching a dirty surface, like a toilet handle.

HOW DO YOU PREVENT IT?

You can prevent giardia by washing your hands after using the bathroom or changing a diaper. You should also properly treat water from lakes or rivers while camping.

Learn more about giardia from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Hantavirus

Hantavirus is a family of viruses spread mainly by rodents. It can cause Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome, which causes coughing and shortness of breath.

HOW DO YOU GET IT?

You can get sick from hantavirus when rodent urine or poop are stirred up and you breathe in the virus. Cases are usually in rural areas with out buildings or barns where rodents like to nest.

HOW DO YOU PREVENT IT?

You can prevent hantavirus by sealing up holes and caps in your garage. When cleaning rodent poop, wear gloves and a mask that covers your nose and mouth.

Find more information about hantavirus from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Whooping Cough (Pertussis)

Whooping cough, also known as pertussis, is an highly infectious disease caused by a bacteria. It is most harmful in infants and can cause bacterial pneumonia, seizures, apnea, and can be fatal.

HOW DO YOU GET IT?

When a person who is sick with the illness coughs or sneezes and another person breathes in those droplets left in the air.

HOW DO YOU PREVENT IT?

Routine vaccination is the best protection we have against whooping cough. It’s recommended for infants, kids, adolescents, and adults, especially if you’re pregnant or work with young children.

Find more information about Whooping Cough from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Rotavirus

Rotavirus is a very contagious virus that causes diarrhea.

HOW DO YOU GET IT?

You can get sick from putting unwashed hands that are contaminated in your mouth. Rotavirus can spread from family members and other people with whom they have close contact. Children are most likely to get rotavirus in the winter and spring (January through June).

HOW DO YOU PREVENT IT?

The best way to prevent rotavirus is to get a rotavirus vaccination.

Learn more about rotavirus from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Tickborne Disease

There are several diseases transmitted by ticks, the most well-known is Lyme disease. Symptoms include fever, headache, fatigue, and a skin rash.

HOW DO YOU GET IT?

These diseases are spread through the bite of infected ticks.

HOW DO YOU PREVENT IT?

You can prevent tick bites by using insect repellent and wearing long sleeves and pants. Check your clothing and body after you come indoors after being in a grassy or wooded area.

Find more information about diseases spread by ticks from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Your Local Experts

Our Epidemiology Team studies the causes of illness, injury and death among Mesa County residents.  A current list of reportable conditions is available here.

To report a disease, call the Disease Reporting and Consultation line at 970-254-4120.