Advisory for the public to use caution

Vernal, UT Aug. 20, 2019TriCounty Health Department (TCHD) announced a confirmed case of human contracted West Nile Virus (WNV) within the Uintah Basin. TCHD asks the public to use caution, reducing the risk of human exposure.   

Keep the following in mind to reduce the risk of contracting West Nile Virus:

  • Mosquitoes carrying WNV, bite between dusk and dawn.
  • Wear long sleeves, long pants and use EPA-registered DEET mosquito repellent.
  • Always follow instructions before applying DEET to children, do not use DEET repellent on children under 2 years old, instead dress children in clothing that covers arms and legs.
  • Cover strollers with mosquito nets.
  • Reapply insect repellent as directed.
  • If using sunscreen and repellent, apply sunscreen first, repellent second.
  • Permethrin-treated clothes provide protection after multiple washings; do not use permethrin (an insecticide that repels and kills mosquitoes) directly on skin. 

Uintah County Mosquito Abatement confirmed four mosquito pools in the county tested positive for WNV.  “Mosquito pool” is a group of mosquitoes caught and tested from a single trap.  

Most people do not experience symptoms, though one in 150 infected, experience severe illness. Symptoms can include a high fever, neck stiffness, stupor, disorientation, coma, tremors, vision loss and paralysis. People over 60 are at greater risk.