UTAH COUNTY (News4Utah)- Utah’s first human case of West Valley Virus has been reported in Utah County.
Health officials say they aren’t sure if the person got the virus in Utah County or while traveling.
By this time last year, Utah had a total of 17 human cases reported and 74 positive mosquito pools. Officials say there are 27 positive mosquito pools so far this year, but only this one case for humans.
“This is 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,” says the UCHD Public Information Officer, Aislynn Tolman-Hill.
Protect yourself with the Mosquito Prevention “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.