Salt Lake City, Utah — According to the Utah Department of Health, mosquitoes carrying West Nile Virus have been reported 114 times across Utah so far this year.
According to UDH officials reports, no cases have been reported in humans but officials are urging people to stay vigilant and take steps to avoid mosquito bites like wearing long sleeves, long pants, and socks while outdoors and using insect repellent.
A majority of people (70–80%) won’t notice any symptoms from West Nile Virus while some people may experience flu-like symptoms or worse.
According to the health department, the elderly and people with poor immune systems are at higher risk for symptomatic disease.
The most serious cases can lead to hospitalization, disability, or death.
Symptoms of the severe form of West Nile virus include high fever, severe headache, and stiff neck, disorientation, and confusion.
If you are experiencing symptoms, contact your doctor right away.
Other steps for mosquitoes prevention:
• Mosquitoes lay their eggs in standing water. Remove any puddles of water or standing water including in pet dishes, flowerpots, wading and swimming pools, buckets, tarps, and tires.
• Report bodies of stagnant water to your local Mosquito Abatement District (MAD). Visit http://www.umaa.org/ [umaa.org] for a list of MADs.
• Keep doors, windows, and screens in good condition and make sure they fit tightly.
• Consult with an immunization travel clinic before traveling to areas that may have