Health Dept. Warns Of Mosquitoes With West Nile Virus In Davis County Pools
SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – The Davis County Health Department on Tuesday warned residents that mosquitoes with West Nile virus have been confirmed in “multiple pools” in the county.
In a Facebook post, the department cautioned county residents to be careful and that most bug sprays will wash off in water.
According to the Utah Department of Health, the mosquitoes that carry the virus are typically active from dusk until dawn.
Health officials urge residents to take precautions since there is no vaccination for the virus. Residents are urged to wear insect repellent containing DEET, picaridin, or oil of lemon eucalyptus when outdoors.
Authorities also note that people should remove puddles or standing water where mosquitoes can breed. This includes bird baths, swimming and wading pools, old tires, buckets and plant containers.
“While most people infected by the virus won’t notice any symptoms, some people may experience flu-like symptoms or worse,” according to the UDH. “The elderly and people with poor immune systems are at higher risk for serious illness which can lead to hospitalization, disability, or even 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 of West Nile virus, please contact your health care provider immediately.”
Anyone who sees bodies of stagnant water are asked to contact the Davis County Mosquito Abatement District at 801-544-3736, or go to umaa.org to find other Utah districts.