Two West Nile Virus Deaths Confirmed in Glenn, Yuba counties


A second human case of West Nile virus has been confirmed in Box Elder County.

Though the number is lower than in past years, people shouldn't let their guard down.

"We have now had 23 positive pools in Box Elder County this year", the news release said.

"Although the weather is cooler right now, temperatures are forecast to increase again next week and so it continues to be extremely important for people to take these steps to avoid mosquito bites", said DPH State Epidemiologist Dr. Catherine Brown.

"The rain Denton County has received [last] week cannot be attributed to these recent cases, but standing water left from rain last month could have left breeding grounds for these mosquitoes", Rainey said.

DEET All Day, Every Day: Whenever you're outside, use insect repellents that contain DEET or other EPA approved repellents and follow instructions. Most people infected with West Nile virus have no symptoms.

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Drain: Drain or treat all standing water in and around your home or workplace.

Wearing long sleeves, long trousers, and socks when outdoors to help keep mosquitos away from your skin can help, according to a statement from the department.

The West Nile Virus has made its way to Chatham's southeast end.

Make sure that your doors and windows have tight-fitting screens to keep out mosquitoes.

The Culex mosquito is one variety found in Utah that can carry the West Nile virus.

Keep weeds and tall grass cut short; adult mosquitoes look for these shady places to rest during the hot daylight hours.