Wednesday, July 3 2013, 02:44 PM MDT
West Nile Virus Concerns in Utah
By: Carla Pruitt
(KUTV) Officials with the Salt Lake county Health Department are reminding residents to take preventative measures for West Nile Virus. According to a press release, trapping throughout the county has shown no signs of West Nile Virus in mosquitoes, but experts warn that could change at any time. West Nile Virus can cause mild to severe illness. In serious cases, it can be fatal.
Symptoms of West Nile include:
- Body Aches
- Muscle Weakness
The virus is spread through mosquitoes. To prevent mosquito bites, the health department recommends:
- Use mosquito repellents that contact DEET when outdoors.
- Wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants while outdoors.
- Drain standing water around your home.
For more information on West Nile Virus, visit: http://www.slcohealth.org/programs/epidemiology/westNileVirus/index.html
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