West Nile Virus Confirmed in Uintah County

It’s time again to be thinking about protecting your family and livestock from the threat of West Nile Virus. According to TriCounty Health representative Jeremie Tubbs, there are two mosquito pools in Uintah County that test positive for West Nile Virus. The Utah Department of Health have reported 1 in Salt Lake County and 2 in Uintah County total so far this season. West Nile Virus is a disease carried by mosquitoes, most commonly found in Africa, West Asia, and the Middle East. The virus was discovered in the U.S. in 1999 and in Utah in 2003. Most people who become infected develop only mild to no symptoms but a small amount of people develop a serious neurologic illness. Horses are also susceptible. During West Nile Virus season, residents are asked to take precautions seriously if outside between dusk and dawn. Wear long sleeves and pants. Use a repellent with 20 to 30 percent DEET. Remove standing water and maintain screens and doors to keep mosquitoes at bay.

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Kristin never planned to work in news radio but has thoroughly enjoyed being part of the news team at KVEL. Her love of literature and writing developed in high school which led her to study English Literature and Technical Writing at BYU. She received her BA in English from BYU in 2005 and studied at UVU in Orem for 2 semesters to become a Certified Technical Writer in 2006. Two months after completion she began her dream job of being a stay-at-home mom.  As mother of 2 energetic kids, she began writing from home for the KVEL news team in 2011 and considers it the perfect fit as a full time mom and part time writer.