PROVO – The first human case of the West Nile virus of this time was found in Utah County, authorities said.
The Utah County Health Department did not provide further details about the case in a news release Wednesday, but did say that it is also the first documented case of human virus from the town since 2017.
"It should serve as a reminder to all residents who have taken steps to prevent mosquitoes and West Nile Virus," Utah County Public Health Director Dan Miller said in the release. "The importance of using insect repellent with DEET cannot be overstated." Window screens are in working condition, the health department said.
So far this year, Utah has detected 11 other human cases of the virus – in Salt Lake, Grand, Washington, Carbon and Weber counties – according to the Utah Department of Health.
Other counties have seen mosquitoes carry the virus, including Uintah, Duchesne, Box Elder, Davis and Cache counties.
People 60 years and older are at greater risk for viruses, according to the Utah Department of Health.