A death attributed to West Nile Virus has been reported in Sevier County, according to the Central Utah Public Health Department.
Due to concerns about patient privacy, no additional information about the case is being released at this time other than the victim was over the age of 65, according to the CUPHD.
West Nile Virus was detected in mosquitos trapped near Aurora in July. Officials from the CUPHD issued a warning encouraging residents to “fight the bite” after the detection of the virus.
Other reported positive tests in the state include a crow in Davis County, a horse in Sevier County and a horse in Juab County.
West Nile is often asymptomatic in many people, but some experience flu-like symptoms. For others it can be worse, and lead to hospitalization, disability or death.
Elderly people and those with poor immune systems have the largest risk of contracting West Nile Virus.
While West Nile is transmitted through the bite of an infected mosquito, not all mosquitoes carry the virus. The mosquitoes that carry the virus are typically most active from dusk to dawn.
Infected mosquitoes spread the virus when they bite humans, horses and birds. There is a vaccine for horses, but no such preventive measure or treatment exists for humans.
The good news for those worried about the virus is that with cooler weather, the mosquito season is winding down, according to the CUPHD. However, it is still recommending that all persons who are be outdoors continue to follow what has been termed as the mosquito prevention Ds —
• Drain standing water.
• Dawn and Dusk are times to avoid being outside.
• Dress appropriately by wearing long sleeves and pants when outside.
• Defend yourself by using insect repellent with DEET.
• Door and window screens should be in good working condition.