West Nile Virus returns to Cache County

<strong>LOGAN —</strong> Mosquitoes carrying the West Nile Virus have again been found in Cache County. The Cache Mosquito Abatement District (CMAD) confirmed that mosquitoes, trapped in Petersboro last week, tested positive for the virus.

The CMAD reports over 50 mosquito pools have now tested positive for the virus in Cache, Box Elder, and Uintah counties along with areas in southwest Utah. There have also been 2 human cases of the virus confirmed, in southwest Utah, this season.

Last week on KVNU’s Crosstalk, Terrie Wierenga, Administrative manager for the CMAD said the virus is endemic, meaning that every year it can resurface.

Wierenga said, “it needs to, what we call serial conversion, which means the mosquito bites a bird. The bird acts as the first host for the West Nile, gets sick. The mosquito bites the sick bird, carries the virus in its body and then it bites a human or the horse and that’s when we see the West Nile in the mammals appear.”

The CMAD will continue abatement and surveillance activities until the first freezing temperatures in the county. Citizens are reminded to dress in long-sleeved shirts and pants, when outdoors between dusk and dawn, and to use insect repellent to prevent mosquito bites. Also drain standing water to reduce breeding and hatching areas for mosquitoes.

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