West Nile Virus detected in central Utah

Henrietta Brewer
July 28, 2019

Pueblo Department of Public Health and Environment advises all people to guard themselves and their families from the West Nile virus. The local health district, however, urges residents to "act now to avoid catching the disease".

"Horse owners need to be vigilant in vaccinating their animals against diseases spread by mosquitoes", New Jersey Secretary of Agriculture Douglas H. Fisher said. These three new cases bring Clark County's 2019 case count to five. The north's "health ministry" said the virus can not be transmitted from one person to another, adding that authorities are taking all necessary protective measures.

Border health centers examine people who want to enter the country from affected countries and give them necessary advice, he noted.

So far this year, mosquitoes and a dead bird have tested positive for West Nile virus in Sacramento County.

The Culex mosquito is one variety found in Utah that can carry the West Nile virus.

When you are outdoors, use insect repellent containing an EPA-registered active ingredient on skin and clothing, including DEET, picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus, or IR3535. Immunoassays for WNV-specific IgM are available commercially and through state public health laboratories. Most people and animals successfully fight off the virus and develop antibodies against future infection.

No symptoms in most people. This increases the likelihood of species that can transmit West Nile virus coming to Utah. The virus was detected in Moab earlier this month. More severe infections may involve the central nervous system.

See your healthcare provider if you develop the symptoms described above.

As of July 25th, there were 79 confirmed/probable West Nile Virus cases reported in Maricopa County, which includes the city of Phoenix.

Over-the-counter pain relievers can be used to reduce fever and relieve some symptoms. West Nile virus can affect any age group.

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