Utah County reports first human case of West Nile virus

PROVO — The first human case of West Nile virus this season has been found in Utah County, authorities said.

The Utah County Health Department did not provide any other details about the case in a news release Wednesday, but did say this is also the county’s first documented human case of the virus since 2017.

“This should serve as a reminder to all residents to take steps to prevent mosquitoes and West Nile Virus,” Utah County Mosquito Abatement director Dan Miller said in the release. “The importance of using insect repellent with DEET can not be overstated.”

People are also advised to drain standing water around their properties, avoid being outside during dawn and dusk, wear long sleeves and pants outside, and make sure door and window screens are in working condition, the health department said.

So far this year, Utah has seen 11 other human cases of the virus — in Salt Lake, Grand, Washington, Carbon and Weber counties — according to the Utah Department of Health.

Other counties have detected mosquitoes carrying the virus, including Uintah, Duchesne, Box Elder, Davis and Cache counties.

People age 60 and older are more at risk for symptoms of the virus, according to the Utah Department of Health.

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