PROVO – The first human case of West Nile virus this season was found in Utah County, authorities said.
The Utah Department of Health did not disclose any further details of the case in a press release on Wednesday, but did say that this is also the first documented human case of the virus in the county since 2017.
"This is intended to remind all residents to take steps to prevent mosquitoes and the West Nile virus," said Dan Miller, Utah County Director of Mosquito Control. "The importance of using insect repellents with DEET can not be emphasized enough."
People are also advised to drain stagnant water around their properties, to avoid being outside during dusk, to wear long sleeves and trousers, and to stand and watch. According to the health department, the screens are in perfect condition.
So far this year, Utah has detected 1
Other districts have discovered mosquitoes with the virus, including the districts of Uintah, Duchesne, Box Elder, Davis, and Cache.
People over the age of 60 are at higher risk for symptoms of the virus, according to the Utah Department of Health.