Mosquitos test positive for West Nile Virus in South Windsor

Grant Boone
August 20, 2019

The first two cases of WNV infections in humans were reported August 5.

The Culex mosquito is one variety found in Utah that can carry the West Nile virus. DEET, picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus, and IR3535 are effective repellents recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

West Nile Virus has been detected in 21 mosquito pools around the county so far this year.

A Salt Lake County resident has been hospitalized with a potentially deadly form of West Nile Virus - the first known case in the county this year, according to the county health department.

Visit CalSurv Maps for a comprehensive look at this year's West Nile virus activity throughout Southern California.

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Empty all standing water in your property to cut back areas in which mosquitoes could breed, including flower pots and pet bowls. "It is now especially important that residents protect themselves from mosquito bites, particularly in the hours from dusk to dawn". Mosquito control is a shared responsibility and the District needs the help of the community to eliminate water-holding containers to reduce mosquito populations.

"About 20 percent of infected people will experience symptoms such as headache, fever, fatigue, joint pain and weakness", he said.

The illness is passed on to people by infected mosquitoes that contract it from birds. The incubation period is ten days, and infected people often show no symptoms. This more severe form of the disease typically presents with high fever, headache, neck stiffness, and paralysis.

"The resident is an elderly adult male with underlying health conditions who is now hospitalized", said District Epidemiologist Jacqueline Jenkins.

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