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West Nile Virus found in Utah County mosquitoes

PROVO, Utah (ABC 4 Utah) - The Utah County Health Department (UCHD) announced today that West Nile Virus has been detected in mosquitoes in Utah County.
PROVO, Utah (ABC 4 Utah) – The Utah County Health Department (UCHD) announced Monday that West Nile Virus has been detected in mosquitoes in Utah County.

Experts say this particular species of mosquito likes water found in catch basins near residential areas as well as neglected fish ponds or standing water in containers found in yards.

Prevention measures include:
  • Avoid outdoor activities, such as gardening, at dusk through dawn when mosquitoes are most active.
  • If outside during the periods when mosquitoes are most active, cover up by wearing long-sleeved shirts, pants, shoes and socks.
  • Use mosquito repellents with DEET. Follow product directions for children and how often it should be applied.
  • Eliminate standing water in tires or similar water-holding containers as these may serve as mosquito breeding sites. Change the water in birdbaths at least weekly.

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