West Nile concerns prompt mosquito precautions

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah health officials concerned about West Nile virus are cautioning that anyone planning to be outdoors to protect themselves from mosquito bites.

No human cases of West Nile virus have been reported in Utah yet this year but officials say some mosquito pools in Box Elder and Uintah Counties have tested positive for the virus.

The Utah Department of Health says in a statement that while not all mosquitoes carry the virus, anyone bitten by an infected insect can contract the disease.

Symptoms include fever, fatigue, aches and rash.

The health department says residents can protect themselves by using insect repellent containing DEET, wearing long sleeves and pants and removing standing water around homes.

Officials say West Nile watch season will continue through summer and into fall.

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