Delta County sees another West Nile case

Twelve human cases of West Nile have been reported in Delta this summer with the first diagnosed on Aug. 9 and the most recent case diagnosed on Sept. 9.

The Delta County Department of Health reports nine mosquito samples collected from Delta have tested positive for West Nile.

The 12 patients have experienced symptoms ranging from uncomplicated to various viral infections.

The presence of positive samples of mosquitoes is a clear indication that West Nile virus remains present and poses a risk to those who are bitten, Delta County Health reports. August through September is typically when most human cases of West Nile virus are reported in Colorado.

Most people bitten by a West Nile virus infected mosquito show no symptoms of illness, while some may develop symptoms three to 15 days after being bit by an infected mosquito. About one in five infected persons will have mild illness with fever, and about one in 150 infected people will become severely ill.

The Health Department strongly urges the public to take precautions and take preventative measures against being bitten by mosquitoes and becoming infected with the virus.

For more information: Phone: 1-877-462-2911

Mesa County businesses warned of scam

The Grand Junction Police Department has received multiple reports of a new scam going on across Mesa County aimed at local business owners.

A person claiming to be from a corporate office has been reported to be calling businesses around town stating that they are performing an audit of some sort.

The person provides a control number and requests that the employee prepare a specific amount of cash and, sometimes, inventory, the GJPD reports.

They claim they will send someone to pick up the cash or inventory as part of the audit and that person will provide the control number for verification purposes.

The person may also tell the employee not to notify their supervisor or manager because it is a confidential process.

"This is theft," the Police Department said.

The department recommends that if you receive such a call, contact your corporate office to verify the claim. If fraud is suspected, call police and report it immediately.

If an attempt at this scam has been made at your place of employment and you have not yet reported it, police ask that you do. Call non-emergency dispatch at 970-242-6707. Investigators are actively working to identify the suspects involved.

Fund set up for victims of fire

A GoFundMe account has been set up to benefit the family who lost their mobile home to a fire Aug. 30.

The fire started in the kitchen of the home while its occupants were at work and school, but three dogs were in the home and were rescued and resuscitated by first responders.

Information at the GoFundMe page indicates that, because of its age, the home was unable to be insured and is now uninhabitable. Proceeds will go toward vet bills that have accrued to treat the three dogs (smoke inhalation, and burns from the fire), to remove the home from the lot and to help purchase a new home.

Search "Displaced family in need of help after fire" at to donate or for information.

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