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West Nile Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                    Linda Smith

July 29, 2015                                              719-587-5199

Protect Against West Nile

SAN LUIS VALLEY – West Nile virus has been identified in some mosquitoes tested by the Alamosa Mosquito Control District.  Local Public Health officials would like to remind the public that the most effective way to avoid West Nile Virus is to prevent mosquito bites.  

Use insect repellents when you go outdoors.  When weather permits, wear long sleeves, long pants, and socks outside.  Take extra care during peak mosquito biting hours at around dusk and dawn. Use screens to keep mosquitos out of your home, and remove standing water on your property.  Livestock water tanks and ornamental ponds may be treated with Bacillus thuringiensis israelensis (Bti), a type of bacteria that kills mosquito larvae but is safe for animals.  Do not handle dead birds with your bare hands. Birds may also carry WNV, transmitting it to mosquitoes, and on to humans.

One in five people infected with WNV may develop fever, headache, body aches, nausea, and vomiting. These flu-like symptoms usually appear within three to 14 days of being infected and often end after a few days to several weeks. Many more people are infected but do not  develop symptoms.

Of those who develop symptoms, a small percentage will develop more severe symptoms, including high fever, headache, neck stiffness, confusion, convulsions, vision loss, paralysis, coma, and even death. Serious illness can occur in people of any age, but the elderly and those with weakened immune function are particularly at risk. Symptoms may last from several weeks to years, and effects may be permanent. If any of these symptoms occur, medical attention should be sought immediately.

For more information about West Nile Virus prevention and control, including the latest guidelines on insect repellents, go to www.cdc.gov/westnile.  Or, call your local public health agency.

Alamosa County Public Health Department:  719.589.6639

Conejos County Public Health and Nursing Service:  719.274.4307

Costilla County Public Health Agency: 719.672.3332

Mineral County Public Health:  719.658.2416

Rio Grande County Public Health Agency:  719.657.3352

Saguache County Public Health:  719.655.2727

CDPHE recall: Veggie Evolution recalls Kale Crisps Zen Nori for undeclared soy

It Takes A Village Foods LLC dba Veggie Evolution recalls

Kale Crisps Zen Nori for undeclared soy

Company name:  It Takes a Village Foods LLC of Hailey, ID

Product name: Veggie Evolution Kale Crisps Zen Nori in 1.5 oz. packages with the Best if Used By date stamp on or before 022116

Reason for recall: May contain the allergen ingredient soy, not declared on the label

Distribution: Retail stores in Colorado, Arizona, California, Idaho, Montana, Michigan, Oregon, Utah and also sold on line at VeggieEvolution.com

Link to more information

CDPHE Recall: Aspen Foods chicken products recalled due to possible Salmonella Enteritidis contamination

Aspen Foods chicken products recalled

due to possible Salmonella Enteritidis contamination

Company name:  Aspen Foods, division of Koch Poultry Company; Chicago, Illinois

Product name: Frozen, raw, stuffed and breaded chicken items produced between April 15 and July 10, 2015; “best if used by” dates between July 14, 2016 and Oct. 10, 2016

Reason for recall: Possible contamination with Salmonella Enteritidis

Distribution: Retail stores and food service locations nationwide

Link to more information

CDPHE Recall: Bell & Evans Gluten Free Chicken Nuggets recalled due to Staphylococcal enterotoxin contamination

Bell & Evans Gluten Free Chicken Nuggets recalled

due to Staphylococcal enterotoxin contamination

Company name:  Murry’s, Inc., Lebanon, Pennsylvania

Product name: Bell & Evans Gluten Free Breaded Chicken Breast Nuggets; 12-ounce boxes; “best by” March 25, 2016; establishment number “P-516” inside USDA mark of inspection

Reason for recall: Tested positive for Staphylococcal enterotoxin contamination

Distribution: Colorado and nationwide

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CDPHE Recall: Natural Grocers Recalls Caribbean Nut & Fruit Mix Due to Possible Salmonella

Natural Grocers recalls Caribbean Nut & Fruit Mix due to possible Salmonella
Company name:  Vitamin Cottage Natural Food Markets Inc., of Lakewood, CO
Product name: Natural Grocers brand Caribbean Nut & Fruit Mix 10 oz., UPC 000080444558; Packed on Date 15-148
Reason for recall: potential to be contaminated with Salmonella
Distribution: Natural Grocers’ 97 stores located in Colorado, Arkansas, Arizona, Idaho, Kansas, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, Texas, Utah, Washington and Wyoming.

CDPHE Recall: Free Range Snack Co. Island Fruit and Nut Trail Mix and Bulk Macadamia Nuts Recalled Due to Possible Salmonella

Free Range Snack Co. Island Fruit and Nut Trail Mix and bulk macadamia nuts recalled due to possible Salmonella

Company name:  Rocky Mountain Foods, Inc. of Denver, Colorado

Product name: 

  • Free Range Snack Co. Island Fruit and Nut Trail Mix, 16-ounce tubs, UPC# 0-76958-55077-5, “best by” 11/15/2015
  • Bulk macadamia nuts, “best by” range 4/15/2016 to 5/28/2016

Reason for recall: Possible Salmonella contamination

Distribution: Stores in Arizona, Colorado, Kansas, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas, Utah and Wyoming 

Link to more information

CDPHE Recall: Atkins Chocolate Candies Recalled Due to Undeclared Peanuts

Atkins Chocolate Candies recalled
due to undeclared peanuts

Company name:  Atkins Nutritionals, Inc. of Denver, Colorado

Product name: Atkins Chocolate Candies; 5-count cartons and 5-count case; UPC 637480075558 and 637480075770; lot A5118139439C, A5119139439A, B, C and A5120139439A; “best before” dates: April 28, 29 and 30, 2016

Reason for recall: Peanut candies inadvertently packaged in chocolate candy cartons

Distribution: Nationwide

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CDPHE Recall: Whole Foods Market Recalls Raw Macadamia Nuts Due to Possible Salmonella Contamination

Whole Foods Market recalls raw macadamia nuts
due to possible Salmonella contamination

Company name:  Whole Foods Market of Austin, Texas

Product name: Whole Foods Market Raw Macadamia Nuts; 11-ounce plastic tubs; “best by” dates March 19 through June 21, 2016; UPC code 0-76958-62059-1

Reason for recall: Possible Salmonella contamination

Distribution: Whole Foods Market storesin Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Kansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Nevada, Oklahoma, Texas and Utah

Link to more information

CDPHE Recall: 24-ounce Wish-Bone Ranch Salad Dressing Recalled Due to Undeclared Egg

24-ounce Wish-Bone Ranch Salad Dressing recalled due to undeclared egg

Company name:  Pinnacle Foods Group, LLC, Parsippany, New Jersey

Product name: Wish-Bone Ranch Salad Dressing, 24-ounce, UPC 0-41321-00661-6, Best Used By FEB 17 16

Reason for recall: Blue Cheese dressing mistakenly packaged in Ranch dressing bottles contains the undeclared allergen egg

Distribution: Nationwide

Link to more information

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