Posted on Sep 18th 2019
On September 11th, 2019, the Utah Department of Health released a statement saying that they had discovered Utah County’s first documented human case of West Nile Virus since 2017. This is not Utah’s first instance of West Nile Virus and 11 other infections have been reported this year alone. It has been confirmed that each of these infections was caused by mosquito bites. In the press release, the Utah Department of Health advises taking active steps to control mosquitoes in your area.
Despite its namesake, the West Nile Virus is not exclusively limited to Uganda, Egypt, and Israel where it was discovered in the late 1930s. The exact spread is difficult to map, but it is theorized that animals such as dogs, cats, horses, and birds helped spread the virus to the western hemisphere and the United States in 1999. The West Nile Virus is extremely dangerous and deadly with a somewhat recent outbreak in Texas in 2012 claiming the lives of 286 people. There is currently no known vaccine or treatment and symptoms do not manifest in around 80% of people infected with around a 10% mortality rate.
The West Nile Virus is a serious problem that needs to be addressed for the safety of yourself and your family. While simple precautions such as wearing long sleeves outside and avoiding the outdoors at dawn and dusk can provide limited protection, you are still putting yourself at extreme risk by not utilizing high-quality mosquito control. Edge offers a robust and thorough mosquito control plan that kills current mosquitoes and prevents future outbreaks. If you see mosquitoes don’t hesitate to call Edge with our fast 24-hour turnaround to stop West Nile Virus in its tracks.
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