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Utah County reports first case of person with West Nile virus



PROVO – The first case of a person with West Nile virus was detected in Utah this season, authorities said.

The Utah County Health Department did not provide other details about the case in a release until Wednesday, but did say it was also the first documented case of the county's virus since 2017.

"This should serve as a reminder to all residents to take steps to prevent West Nile mosquitoes and viruses," Utah County Mosquito Director Dan Miller said in the Liberation. "The importance of using insect repellent with DEET cannot be overstated."

People are also advised to drain standing water around their property, avoid being outside during dawn and dusk, wear long sleeves and pants, and to make sure the door and

So far this year, Utah has seen 1

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

Other counties have found mosquitoes carrying the virus, including Wintach, Duchne, Boxing Elder, Davis and Cash.

People 60 years of age and older are at greater risk for symptoms of the virus, according to the Utah Department of Health.

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