Two deaths attributed to West Nile virus in Windsor

Adobe stock        There are now three human cases of West Nile virus confirmed this year in Utah County health officials said Monday

The North Central District Health Department in O'Neill says a mosquito trapped in Holt County has tested positive for the virus. The identity of the victims is not being released.

Mosquito-borne illness is more common during late summer and TDH recommends taking simple steps to avoid mosquito bites and help prevent mosquito-borne illnesses.

The health unit says the risk of West Nile continues until the area experiences temperatures below freezing.

Most people with the virus never develop symptoms and will not know that they have the virus. In 25 per cent of cases, people develop West Nile fever. A small number of people, less than one per cent, develop severe neuro-invasive disease.

A third case of human West Nile virus was confirmed in Utah County Monday morning, the Deseret News reported.

To reduce mosquito breeding sites, people should eliminate standing water in receptacles such as buckets, flower pots, children's pools, and bird baths, and check that gutters are clean and draining properly. They also suggest using bug repellent that has DEET, wearing light-coloured clothing, long-sleeved shirt, long trousers and hat when outdoors as well as limiting the time you spend outside at dawn and dusk.

If using repellant with DEET, make sure to follow label instructions, and keep DEET out of the eyes, mouth and nose. Light-coloured clothing is best as mosquitoes tend to be attracted to dark colours.

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