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Southwest Utah Health Department estimates West Nile virus threat to North Utah death



ST. GEORGE – Following Utah's first confirmed death from the West Nile virus this year, Southern Utah health officials said that in the counties of Beaver, Garfield, Iron, Kane and Washington, no cases of humans or mosquitoes are tested positive for the virus , However, recent weather conditions have put the area at greater risk

Six people died in West Nile, Utah last year. The person who died in northern Utah last week was over 65 years old and had other health problems, according to the Salt Lake County Health Department. The person was diagnosed with a more severe form of the mosquito-borne disease.

Although Dave Heaton, public information officer for Southwest Utah's Public Health Department, told St. George News that Southern Utah is safe from the virus for now, there's a potential for an increase in mosquito activity due to the recent increase in rainfall in the Region.

"With much rain and humidity recently, we can see an increase in mosquito activity," he said. "It also increases the likelihood of West Nile infections."

To avoid encountering potentially infected mosquitoes, Heaton said that people should wear inspect repellent containing at least 30 percent DEET ̵

1; the most common insect repellent ingredient that provides protection against unwanted insects.

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