AURORA, Sevier County – Health officials are trying to caution after detecting the West Nile virus during a test in central Utah.
Nate Selin, deputy director of Central Utah's Department of Health, said that the virus was found during testing an area near Aurora, located north-east of Richfield and south-west of Salina. He said that the Sevier County Reduction Department completed the test and was unsure when the water was collected or how long the testing process was, but the department was given a positive late result.
The announcement comes two weeks after the Mosquito Moab Discount Area officials got the virus in mosquitos located from Scott M. Matheson Bogs. This was the first time that the virus was detected in Utah this year.
No human cases of the virus have been reported to date in 2019. In 2018, the first cases were reported in northern Utah, affecting counties Elder Box, Davis, Uintah and Cache starting in mid-July.
Selin said that this is the time of year when the virus is usually found in mosquitos; however, it is not common in Central Utah.
"We have not seen much of it in Sevier County and in our mosquito pool, so this is something that is a little shorter for us in our county," he said. "But we had cases – or at least mosquito pools – that were positive in the state and this is the time of year in that regard."
Most people who get the virus do not develop symptoms, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. About 1 in 5 develops headaches, body aches, joint pains and other symptoms, and develops about 1 in 150 people serious symptoms, including high fever, deception, disorder and tremors, says the CDC.
The virus can also be fatal. In 2018, the Utah Department of Health reported one death involving West Nile. In 2017, Caffie Brown, Hillcreast High School football coach, died from difficulties after contracting the West Nile virus.
To avoid the spread of the virus by mosquitos, the CDC recommends that people recreate insects containing DEET, wear long slee shirts and long pants, and leave stagnant water from things like buckets and bird bags. once a week.
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