West Nile virus confirmed in Hyrum City, Benson

The Culex mosquito is one variety found in Utah that can carry the West Nile Virus. Photo: Wikipedia Commons

CACHE COUNTY, Utah, Aug. 12, 2018 (Gephardt Daily) — Hyrum City and Benson have confirmed that recent mosquito samples tested positive for West Nile Virus, officials said Sunday.

A news release from the Cache County Mosquito Abatement said the mosquito pools that tested positive from Hyrum City and Benson were trapped on Tuesday. Officials did not say where exactly in Hyrum and Benson the positive samples were found.

The post added West Nile Virus has also been confirmed in numerous areas throughout the state, including Box Elder, Davis, Magna, the Salt Lake area, Tooele and Weber.

“This is the peak period for West Nile Virus so please wear long-sleeved shirts and pants and use an approved insect repellent when outdoors between dusk and dawn when the Culex mosquitoes are active,” the news release said.

The news release suggests taking the following steps to minimize the risk of contracting the West Nile Virus.

• Use mosquito repellent with DEET, Permethrin, Picaridin, IR3535 or oil of lemon eucalyptus according to package directions.
• Drain standing water in yards. Old tires that collect water inside serve as incubators for mosquito larva. Other examples could include potted plant trays, pet dishes, toys, buckets, etc.
• Wear long sleeves and pants between dusk and dawn.
• Keep roof gutters clear of debris.
• Make sure screen doors and window screens are in good condition so that mosquitoes cannot get indoors.
• Keep weeds and tall grass cut short. Adult mosquitoes look for these shady places to rest during the hot daylight hours.

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