Brief by Central Staff
Insects – April 2003 – Colorado Central Magazine
There are times when the drought seems like a blessing of sorts. More precisely, the one time was last summer, when we were at a potluck in Saguache and were able to sit outdoors without fighting off mosquitoes. The water table was too low to support the ponds they breed in.
But there were some mosquitoes hereabouts last summer, and a few of them were carrying West Nile Virus. It is most deadly to horses — about 30% of those infected die — but there is a vaccine. As for us humans, less than 1% of those infected will die.