West Nile virus confirmed in mosquitoes in northern Utah

Posted at 2:22 PM, Aug 11, 2014
and last updated 2014-08-11 17:39:03-04

PROVO, Utah – The West Nile virus has been confirmed in northern Utah.

The Utah County Health Department said the virus has been detected in mosquitoes in Utah County.

Health officials said they have positive test results for mosquitoes in two areas; one came from the south county area near Springville and the other from an area west of Orem.

UCHD’s Lance Madigan said even if you don’t live in these areas, residents should still be vigilant and take precautions.

“Mosquitoes can fly a great distance, even up to 10 miles,” Madigan said.

Ways to help prevent the spread of West Nile:

· Avoid outdoor activities, such as gardening, at dusk through dawn when mosquitoes are most active.

· If outside during the periods when mosquitoes are most active, cover up by wearing long-sleeved shirts, pants, shoes and socks.

· Use mosquito repellents with DEET. Follow product directions for children and how often it should be applied.

· Eliminate standing water in tires or similar water-holding containers as these may serve as mosquito breeding sites. Change the water in bird baths at least weekly.

Click here for information about WNV or Utah County mosquito abatement efforts or call (801) 851-7637.