First West Nile Virus death in Utah in 2018 confirmed

First West Nile Virus death in Utah in 2018 confirmed

First West Nile Virus death in Utah in 2018 confirmed

A Salt Lake County resident died from West Nile virus last week, health officials reported Wednesday. A total of 99,270 mosquitoes and 1,580 pools have been tested statewide with 231 positive tests. The chickens are used to detect some mosquito-borne illnesses such as West Nile.

"One bite from one infected mosquito can make a person sick", CVMVCD General Manager Jeremy Wittie said.

Drain Standing Water. Mosquitoes lay their eggs in standing water. Water troughs provide excellent mosquito breeding habitats and should be flushed out at least once a week during the summer months to reduce mosquitoes near paddock areas. Be sure to flush or add mosquito fish to ornamental ponds.

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You should also avoid being outdoors if possible at dusk and dawn, when mosquitos with the virus are active.

Health officials advise people use repellents, wear long sleeves and trousers after dusk, remove standing water outside homes, clean gutters and keep grass and weeds trimmed short to reduce risk of exposure. Utilize screen doors and windows. This mosquito can carry Zika and Dengue fever. Further applications will be scheduled as needed to respond to increased vector populations or positive samples as they are found.

Working with the Ashland Board of Health, truck-mounted Ultra-Low Volume (ULV) spraying is scheduled in the area below on August 27 after sunset, announced the Town this afternoon.

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West Nile is primarily a bird disease, and some birds, including magpies, blue jays and crows are especially susceptible.

On Aug. 3, the McHenry County Department of Health tested an American robin and discovered it was carrying the West Nile virus, county records show. If you need to move a dead bird, precautions should be taken. As many as 80% of people bitten by an infected mosquito do not even notice any signs of infection, while others experience flu-like symptoms and mostly recover easily. "Common symptoms include fever, nausea, headache and muscle aches". "And it's the major problem with West Nile", he added. Those with severe illnesses are encouraged to seek medical attention.

Officials are urging horse owners to ensure their animal's vaccine and boosters are up to date. "But since the human case of West Nile we have stepped up our adulticide from the ground hitting each zone twice this week".

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