Vector Control
disease carrying animals

Animal-borne Disease Control Program

The Boulder County Public Health Vector Control Program aims to prevent the spread of disease from vectors (animals) to humans.

Weekly Animal-Borne Disease Reporting

September 10-16, 2017 (Week 37)

  • Boulder County reports one new human West Nile virus (WNV) case bringing the total to four cases this season.
  • Colorado reports 25 WNV cases and one death from 12 counties.
  • Nationally, there have been reports 740 WNV cases and 34 deaths nationally from 38 states.
  • National, state, and local cases will increase as cases are identified through the fall.
  • Both total mosquito and Culex species counts were above average for this season although fewer pools tested positive for WNV than in 2016.
  • One bat was submitted for rabies testing this week, results are pending.
  • Ninety two specimens have been submitted for rabies testing with six testing positive: Bat (5), Skunk (1). Multiple specimens were deemed untestable.
  • Statewide 124 specimens have tested positive for rabies in 2017 including two domestic dogs. This compares with 88 total positive specimens in 2016.
  • Colorado rabies positive specimens 2017: Skunk (64), Bat (52), Dog (2), Fox (5), Coyote (1).
  • No specimens were submitted for plague, tularemia, or hantavirus testing this week.
  • Seven specimens have been submitted for plague with one cat testing positive this year.
  • Five specimens have been submitted for tularemia with none testing positive.
  • No specimens have been submitted for hantavirus testing.
  • Additional specimens may be submitted for testing through the remainder of the year.

Zoonotic Disease Reporting for Past Weeks in 2017

Zoonotic Disease Reporting for Previous Years

Animals Tested for Disease in 2017

SpeciesRabiesPlagueTularemiaHantavirus
Bat57000
Skunk1000
Raccon22110
Squirrel0010
Cat7520
Flea0000
Dog5000
Fox0000
Prairie Dog0000
Rabbit0110
Other0000
Totals92750

Animals Positive for Disease in 2017

SpeciesRabiesPlagueTularemiaHantavirus
Bat5000
Skunk1000
Raccon0000
Squirrel0000
Cat0100
Flea0000
Dog0000
Fox0000
Prairie Dog0000
Other0000
Totals6100

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Vector Control Program

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