First human case of West Nile virus confirmed in Utah County

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UTAH COUNTY, Utah (ABC4 News) The Utah County Health Department said they have confirmed a human case of West Nile virus (WNV) in Utah County. In a press release, the department stated this is the first case since the 2017 mosquito season.

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Protect yourself from mosquitoes

Public health officials are asking everyone to protect themselves, and take precautionary measures to avoid West Nile exposure.

West Nile is passed through the bites of a mosquito. Here are the prevention “D’s” to help you stay safe.

  • DRAIN standing water. Remove items that collect standing water, such as tires, buckets, unused flower pots, toys, etc.
  • DAWN and DUSK are the times to avoid being outside.
  • DRESS appropriately by wearing long sleeves and pants when outside.
  • DEFEND yourself by using insect repellent with DEET.
  • DOOR and window screens should be in good working condition.
  • DISTRICT (Mosquito District) personnel are available to address mosquito concerns. Call 801-851-7637 or fill out a service request form online at: bit.ly/UCMosquitoRequest

This should serve as a reminder to all residents to take steps to prevent mosquitoes and West Nile Virus. The importance of using insect repellent with DEET cannot be overstated

Dan Miller, Mosquito Abatement Director
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