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Utah County reports the first human case of West Nile virus



PROVO – The first human case of West Nile virus this season has been found in Utah County, authorities said.

The Utah County Health Department provided no other details about the case in a news release Wednesday, but did say this is also the county's first documented human case of the virus since 2017.

"This should serve as a reminder for all residents to take measures to prevent mosquitoes and West Nile Virus, "said Utah County Mosquito Abatement Director Dan Miller in the release. "The importance of using insecticides against DEET cannot be overstated."

People are also recommended to empty standing water around their properties, avoid being out at dawn and dusk, wear long sleeves and pants outside and ensure that doors and window screens are in working order, the health department said.

So far this year, Utah has seen 1

1 other human cases of the virus – in Salt Lake, Grand, Washington, Carbon and Weber counties – according to the Utah Department of Health.

Other counties have detected mosquitoes that carry the virus, including Uintah, Duchesne, Box Elder, Davis and Cache counties.

People 60 years and older are more prone to symptoms of the virus, according to the Utah Department of Health.

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