West Nile Virus Detected In Kane County
The Southwest Utah Public Health Department (SWUPHD) and the Utah Department of Health (UDOH) are reporting the first identification of West Nile virus (WNV) in Utah for 2008. A crow in Kane County tested positive at a private veterinary lab.
"Now that we have our first detection, it is important for the public to remember that West Nile virus season has arrived and that it's time to start taking the usual precautions to prevent its spread," said SWUPHD director and health officer Dr. David Blodgett. West Nile virus is carried by mosquitoes which in turn can infect other animals and humans by biting them. Utahns can "Fight the Bite!" and protect themselves from West Nile virus by: