Utah reports 1st human West Nile case of 2013

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Southern Utah health officials say they've confirmed the state's first human case of West Nile Virus this year.

The Southwest Utah Public Health Department announced Wednesday that the virus was reported Washington County. The area also had the state's first confirmed case of West Nile virus in a horse.

Officials weren't immediately able to provide an update on the human patient's condition Wednesday morning.

Health department officials say anyone bitten by an infected mosquito can contract the disease, though most people infected with the virus won't experience any symptoms.

Symptoms can include fever, fatigue, aches and rash.

The health department says residents can protect themselves by wearing long-sleeved shirts and long pants when outdoors, avoiding mosquito-infested areas and emptying any standing water on their property.

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