Jefferson County, Colo. — Summer is here, and that means sunshine, hiking, barbeques and enjoying the great outdoors. Insects and animals are also coming out to explore this time of year, so Jefferson County Public Health (JCPH) encourages community members to remember to take precautions to protect themselves and their loved ones from the serious diseases some can carry.
In Colorado, there are several diseases that can be transmitted by insects and animals you need to know about.
Most common insect- or animal-borne diseases in Colorado:
Other diseases to know about:
“Come spring and early summer, we’re all ready to get outside and enjoy everything Colorado has to offer. By following these tips, you can protect yourself from animal- and insect-borne diseases and get the most out of your outdoor activities,” said Dave Volkel, Environmental Health Specialist at JCPH. “And, of course, if you think you may have a disease from the bite of an insect, see your healthcare provider right away. “
For more information about animal-borne and insect-borne diseases and how to stay safe this summer, visit our website or call JCPH at 303-271-5700.
About Jefferson County Public Health
Public health is what we do collectively to prevent illness and premature death and promote health in our neighborhoods and communities. Jefferson County Public Health (JCPH) is a nationally accredited health department committed to promoting and protecting health across the lifespan for all people through prevention, education and partnerships. To learn more about JCPH visit https://www.jeffco.us/public-health. You can also follow JCPH on Twitter @JeffcoPH, Instagram @JeffcoPH and Facebook @jeffcopublichealth.