West Nile virus activity reported in Utah
“There is no vaccine for humans,” JoDee Baker, Utah Department of Health epidemiologist, said. “So, taking simple precautions to avoid mosquito bites is the key to reducing your risk for infection.”
As of today, there have not been any human West Nile virus cases confirmed in Utah. Unfortunately, there were four mosquito pools that tested positively for the virus. These pools were located in four different Utah counties.
Health professionals are using this opportunity as a reminder to Utah residents to take the necessary steps to protect themselves against mosquitoes and their bites.
“The best way to reduce your risk is to use an insect repellent with DEET when you’re outside,” Baker said.
West Nile virus is transmitted to humans through mosquito bites from mosquitoes that are infected with the virus. Not all mosquitoes have West Nile virus, and the ones that do carry the virus typically feed between dusk and dawn.
“Adults and children older than 2 months of age can safely use repellents that contain up to 30% DEET,” Baker said.
Health professionals do not recommend using insect repellents on children below two-months old.