Salt Lake County resident has West Nile fever

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — State health officials say the first case of West Nile has been detected in a person in Salt Lake County who has the less severe form of the virus.

The Salt Lake County Health Department said in a news release the person has West Nile fever, not as dangerous as the full virus. They are not providing information about the person's name, age or sex.

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

The virus has also been detected in mosquito pools in Utah, Box Elder and Uintah Counties earlier this year. Nobody in those counties has contracted the virus.

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