ST. GEORGE – The Southwest Utah Public Health Department continues to receive positive test results for West Nile virus in mosquitoes located in Washington County. With the active presence of the virus in our area, residents are encouraged to stay vigilant and continue to protect themselves against the possibility of human infection.
While most people infected by this virus won’t notice any symptoms, some people may experience flu-like symptoms or worse, especially the elderly or people with poor immune systems. The most serious cases can lead to hospitalization, disability, or death. The best way to avoid West Nile virus is to prevent mosquito bites by doing the following:
- Use mosquito repellants containing DEET, picaridin, or oil of lemon eucalyptus when outdoors from dusk to dawn (when mosquitoes are most active).
- Wear long sleeved shirts and pants while outdoors.
- Drain any standing water on your property to reduce mosquito populations (buckets, tires, wading pools, etc.). Report bodies of stagnant water to the Mosquito Abatement District at 435-627-0076.
- A vaccine is available for horses. Contact a veterinarian for more information.
Submitted by: The Southwest Utah Public Health Department