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  • Washington County has Utah's First Human West Nile Virus Case for 2013
    by The Southwest Utah Public Health Department
    Published - 08/21/13 - 11:23 AM | 0 0 comments | 27 27 recommendations | email to a friend | print
    Mosquito. SWU Photo
    Mosquito. SWU Photo
    (ST. GEORGE, Utah) - The Southwest Utah Public Health Department has continued to receive positive test results for West Nile virus in mosquitoes located in Washington County and the state's first human case has just been confirmed here.

    Additionally, a local horse has tested positive for the virus. With the active presence of West Nile virus in our area, residents are encouraged to stay vigilant and continue to protect themselves against the possibility of human infection.

    While most people infected by this virus won't notice any symptoms, some people may experience flu-like symptoms or worse, especially the elderly or people with poor immune systems. The most serious cases can lead to hospitalization, disability, or death. The best way to avoid West Nile virus is to prevent mosquito bites by doing the following:

    •Use mosquito repellants containing DEET, picaridin, or oil of lemon eucalyptus when outdoors from dusk to dawn (when mosquitoes infected with West Nile virus are most active in our area).

    •Wear long sleeved shirts and pants while outdoors.

    •Drain any standing water on your property to reduce mosquito populations (buckets, tires, wading pools, etc.).Report bodies of stagnant water to the Mosquito Abatement District (435-627-0076).

    •A vaccine is available for horses. Contact a veterinarian for more information.

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