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Another Utahn catches West Nile virus, which is spreading

Another Utahn catches West Nile virus, which is spreading”

"While Utah County does not now have any confirmed human cases of West Nile virus, this is a great reminder to residents of the importance of taking steps to protect themselves from mosquitoes", said Utah County Health Department executive director Ralph Clegg.

There is also a less than one per cent chance West Nile virus could invade the central nervous system.

In 2018, there were seven confirmed or probable human cases of West Nile in Ottawa.

So far, the district says it found 48 virus-positive mosquito samples and 26 virus-positive dead birds in Sacramento County.

In Yolo, they've reported 66 mosquito samples that tested positive for West Nile Virus.

Mosquito traps in the county found the vector index, or the calculation that determines human risk for West Nile virus infection, had exceeded 0.75 - the number that indicates an increased risk for human infection, spokeswoman Kelly Martinez said in a news release.

The virus is most often spread to people and animals such as horses by the bite of an infected mosquito.

Most people who become infected with WNV experience no symptoms, but about one in five develop a mild illness, with symptoms such as headache, body aches, joint pains, vomiting, diarrhea or a rash.

Generally, mosquito season runs from late April until mid-October. Instead, people must take steps to help prevent an infection, said the health district.

Nadja Reissen, a biologist with the Salt Lake City Mosquito Abatement District, said she expects to see fewer cases of West Nile Virus amid drier weather.

Use DEET-enhanced insect repellent or alternative: Repellents containing DEET, picaridin, IR3535, and some oil of lemon eucalyptus and para-menthane-diol products provide the best protection.

Wearing light-coloured and tightly woven clothing such as long trousers, a long-sleeved shirt, shoes and socks to protect exposed skin.

DRAIN standing water outside your home: Drain any standing water on your property.

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