‘West Nile Virus Alert’ issued in Box Elder County

Aedes Albopictus mosquito. Photo: Centers for Disease Control

BOX ELDER COUNTY, Utah, July 16, 2018 (Gephardt Daily) — A water-sample test by the Utah State Public Health Laboratory has found the presence of the West Nile virus in a mosquito pool in Box Elder County.

A Facebook post by the Box Elder Mosquito Abatement District confirmed the news:

“This sample was from Willard Bay, North Marina,” it says. “This is the first positive pool in Box Elder County this year. The virus has only been confirmed near Willard Bay, North Marina.”

It’s possible the virus could be more widespread, the District’s post said.

“We are announcing this to make the county aware that West Nile virus season has started. With the 24th of July coming up, please take proper precautions if you are outside after dusk. Be sure to wear long sleeve shirts and pants. Mosquito Repellent with DEET or Picaridin is also a great way to avoid mosquito bites.

“Please share this message with your friends and family to keep them safe this weekend and in the next few weeks to come.”


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