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West Nile virus discovered in Utah County; 3rd human fall in Grand County



SALT LAKE CITY – Utah County mosquitoes have been tested positive for the West Nile virus, and a third case of the disease in Utah this year has been reported in Grand County, according to the authorities.

The Utah Department of State's Mosquito Abatement District has detected the virus in a group or pool of mosquitoes in Footprinter Park in Provo, the department said on Thursday in a press release.

No human cases of the virus have been reported in Utah County, but a third human case has been reported in Grand County, the South East Utah Ministry of Health said Thursday in a press release sent by e-mail.

The infected person was not admitted to hospital but suffers from the symptoms of the virus, although the case does not appear to be the neuroinvasive form of The press release states that the disease in which a patient is often paralyzed is often paralyzed. The virus has also been detected in mosquitoes in the Box Elder, Sevier, Weber and Davis counties, but no cases have been reported in humans in these areas.

Health officials say people over age 60 are at greatest risk for the disease. Adults are advised to use an EPA-registered insect repellent with DEET. According to health authorities, follow the instructions before children use a DEET repellent.

Most people suffering from the disease have no symptoms, but the symptoms may be fever, neck stiffness, disorientation, vision loss, paralysis and coma, according to health authorities.

Jacob Klopfenstein
Liesl Nielsen

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