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WNV not yet detected in Utah County, but potential disease carrying mosquito numbers on the rise

Utah County Update: Utah County has also seen a marked increase in mosquitos that can potentially carry the West Nile Virus (WNV). While WNV has not been detected in Utah County as of yet this year, Mosquito Abatement staff is stepping up prevention treatment, including ground and vehicle spraying for adult mosquitos. Residents are advised to take the proper precautions, especially in the early evening hours when these mosquitos are most active.

Reposted from the Southwest Utah Public Health Department

ST. GEORGE, UT -- The Southwest Utah Public Health Department (SWUPHD) has received confirmation of West Nile Virus in mosquitoes located in Washington County. This is the first finding of West Nile Virus in Utah this year.

"Although most people infected this virus won't experience any symptoms, anyone who is bitten by an infected mosquito can get the disease," says Lisa Starr, SWUPHD Surveillance Nurse. "Persons over the age of 50 or those with poor immune systems are more likely to develop a serious illness if they are infected. That's why prevention is key."

Prevent West Nile Virus and protect yourself from mosquitoes by:

  • Wearing repellant containing DEET or picaridin when outdoors between dusk and dawn (when mosquitoes are most active).
  • Wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants when outdoors.
  • Avoid mosquito-infested areas.
  • Empty any standing water on your property.
  • Use mosquito netting when sleeping outdoors or in an unscreened structure.

"Symptoms of West Nile Virus can include sudden fever, fatigue, aches and pains, headache, and rash," reports Starr. "You should seek medical attention if there is sudden onset of fever or you experience neck stiffness, disorientation, or paralysis."

For more information visit http://www.swuhealth.org or www.swmosquito.org.