Mosquitoes Test Positive for West Nile Virus in Southern Utah

Jul 30, 2012

The Southwest Utah Public Health Department reports that mosquitoes taken in a random survey in Washington County have tested positive for West Nile Virus.

This is the first positive West Nile result in Utah this year. Southern Utah's last human case of West Nile Virus was in Kane County in 2010.

Most people who are infected will not experience any illness. 20% of people infected will experience symptoms including sudden fever, fatigue, aches and pains, headache and rash. And about 1% of those infected will develop serious illness.

To help prevent mosquito bites experts recommend people use repellent containing 30% Deet, wear long pants and sleeves, avoid mosquito infested areas, avoid being outside at dusk and dawn when mosquitoes are most active, and empty any standing water on your property.