Health officials continue to stress to, "Put Your DEET On"
PROVO, Utah (August 11, 2014) - - The Utah County Health Department (UCHD) announced today that West Nile Virus (WNV) has been detected in mosquitos in the county.
"We received a positive test result for West Nile virus in two groups of Culex pipien mosquitos," said Lance Madigan, UCHD public information officer. "One batch came from the south county area near Springville, and a second from west of Orem."
Madigan stressed that while these particular areas were positive, residents in other parts of the county should also be wary. "Mosquitos can fly a great distance, even up to 10 miles," Madigan said. "We also have heard positive tests from all over the state."
Madigan said that while spraying by Utah County Mosquito Abatement staff does help reduce the number of mosquitos in an area, personal vigilance is the key to preventing spread of the virus. Prevention measures include:
- Avoid outdoor activities, such as gardening, at dusk when mosquitoes are most active.
- If outside during the periods when mosquitoes are most active, cover up by wearing long-sleeved shirts, pants, shoes and socks.
- Use mosquito repellents with DEET. Follow product directions for children and how often it should be applied.
- Eliminate standing water in tires or similar water-holding containers as these may serve as mosquito breeding sites. Change the water in birdbaths at least weekly.
For information about WNV or Utah County mosquito abatement efforts, either visit www.UtahCountyHealth.org's Mosquito Abatement page or call 801-851-7637.
The Utah County Health Department is committed to promoting the health of our community by preventing avoidable disease and injury by monitoring the health of our community, responding to public health emergencies, and assuring conditions in which people can be healthy. For information on UCHD programs or services, please visit www.UtahCountyHealth.org or call 801-851-7000. You can also now follow the UCHD at www.FaceBook.com/uchealth, www.instagram.com/UtahCountyHealthDept, www.twitter.com/uchd, or www.pinterest.com/uchd. The UCHD is a partner with Utah's Public Health Departments.