West Nile Virus found in Utah County

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UTAH COUNTY, Utah (ABC4 Utah)- The Utah County Health Department is warning the public to cover up after a mosquito pool was found with West Nile Virus.

The mosquito pool in the South Provo/North Springville area is among eight other pools across the state that have tested positive. So far the virus is confirmed in Salt Lake County, Uintah County, Box Elder, and Kane Counties as well.

Public health officials recommend using the “D’s” of mosquito prevention:

  • DRAIN standing water
  • 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.

They say the virus can cause mild to severe illness and estimate that less than !% of people infected will develop a severe infection.

Symptoms usually appear within 3 to 14 days. They include fever, headache and body aches.

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