The Southwest Utah Public Health Department (SWUPHD) is reporting that an adult Kane County resident has tested positive for West Nile Virus and is expected to recover. This is the first confirmed case of human West Nile Virus (WNV) in Utah this year. People who get WNV are usually infected through mosquito bites.

Because temperatures are warmer than usual for this time of year, mosquito season is expected to last well into October for southern Utah. Anyone spending time outdoors who wants to prevent mosquito bites can do the following:

• Use repellent (30% DEET)

• Wear long pants and sleeves

• Avoid mosquito infested areas

• Avoid being outside at dusk and dawn when mosquitoes are active

“Symptoms of West Nile Virus can include sudden fever, fatigue, aches and pains, headache, and rash,” reported Lisa Starr, SWUPHD Surveillance Nurse. “You should get medical attention if there is sudden onset of fever and/or you develop neck stiffness, disorientation, or paralysis.”

2010 has otherwise been a mild year for West Nile Virus activity in southern Utah and the rest of the state.

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