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Graham Dudley, KSL.com
Posted – Sep 7th, 2019 @ 4:18pm
SALT LAKE CITY — Weber County reported its first case of West Nile virus of the year on Saturday, warning Utahns to stay vigilant even as the summer draws to a close.
BREAKING: First human case of West Nile Virus in the Weber-Morgan Health District this year. Please be vigilant about preventing mosquito bites even though the it’s late in the year. See: https://t.co/zMB7zzOJaWpic.twitter.com/lPIndGbJfM
— Weber-Morgan Health (@WeberMorganHD) September 7, 2019
Though the county detected West Nile in mosquito populations last month, this is Weber’s first human case of the year. Humans have contracted West Nile virus in counties throughout the state this year, including Salt Lake, Washington, Grand and Carbon.
Mosquito pools have tested positive in several other counties as well.
Symptoms of West Nile virus can include fever, neck stiffness, disorientation, vision loss, paralysis and coma, according to health officials. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends insect repellent, along with preventative measures like long-sleeved clothing, to minimize exposure to mosquito bites.