Third human case of West Nile Virus detected in Utah County

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UTAH COUNTY (ABC4 Utah)- Health officials are encouraging residents in Utah County to protect themselves after another person was confirmed with West Nile Virus.

They suggest the six “Ds”:

  • DRAIN standing water. Remove items that can collect standing water such as tires, buckets, unused flower pots, toys, etc.
  • DAWN and DUSK are 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 personnel are available to address mosquito concerns. Call 801-851-7637 or fill out a service request form online at: http://goo.gl/Yi1yKs.

“The importance of using insect repellent with DEET can not be overstated,” the UCHD Public Information Officer, Aislynn Tolman-Hill said. As of Sept. 2nd, health officials report nine cases of the virus in humans all across the state.

Symptoms of WNV appear within three to 14 days and include fever, headache and body aches. Those with severe infections may get a high fever, neck stiffness, and in some case disorientation, tremors, and convulsions.

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