Lisa Starr, RN, SWUPHD Surveillance Nurse said, “This is the first positive West Nile Virus result in Utah this year. That’s not unusual due to our warmer climate and longer mosquito season. We want to remind people to take action to prevent contact with mosquitoes, which is the main source for human infection from this illness. Fortunately, cases of human infection in our district have been minimal in recent years. The last human case of West Nile Virus was in Kane County in 2010, and we also had a few cases in 2005", Starr said.
Most people who are infected will not experience any illness. 20% of people who become infected with West Nile Virus will experience symptoms including sudden fever, fatigue, aches and pains, headache and rash. “About 1% of those infected will develop serious illness,” said Lisa Starr. “You should get medical attention if there is sudden onset of fever and/or you develop neck stiffness, disorientation, or paralysis."
To help prevent mosquito bites:
* Use repellent containing 30% DEET
* Wear long pants and sleeves
* Avoid mosquito infested areas
* Avoid being outside at dusk and dawn when mosquitoes are active
* Empty standing water on your property
For more information, go to Center for Disease Control or www.mosquito.org.