Hyrum and Benson detect mosquitoes infected with West Nile Virus

First it was Logan, now the Cache Mosquito Abatement District has announced that mosquitoes have tested positive for West Nile Virus in Hyrum and in Benson. Late Saturday evening, the abatement district announced that results from mosquito pools in Hyrum and in Benson that were tested on August 7th came back with confirmed results.

Hyrum City announced on its Facebook and Twitter accounts that a mosquito tested positive for the disease near Hyrum State Park.

“We just received notice from the Mosquito abatement people and they were just informed that the mosquitoes in the trap by the state park tested positive for West Nile virus,” the announcement reads.

The West Nile Virus was detected in mosquitos in Davis and Box Elder Counties in mid-July. On August 3rd, Logan City announced that the virus had been detected within its city limits.

According to the Cache Mosquito Abatement District, West Nile was “also confirmed in numerous areas throughout the state (Box Elder, Davis, Magna, Salt Lake area, Tooele, and Weber).”

Hyrum City has announced that it intends to increase its efforts to fog and spray for mosquitos and their larvae, fogging twice a week. The district currently fogs in the following communities on the designated days:

  • Monday: Petersboro, southwest Smithfield, Benson, Nibley, Millville, Amalga Barrens
  • Tuesday: Mendon, Lewiston, Hyrum, Avon, Smithfield
  • Wednesday: Wellsville sewer ponds/Heritage Center/gun range, Benson, Providence, Hyde Park, North Logan, Newton, Cache Junction
  • Thursday: Wellsville, Mt. Sterling, Trenton, Cornish, Richmond, Cove, northwest Smithfield, Clarkston

People who live in the affected areas – specifically near and around Hyrum Dam – are encouraged to use repellant and cover up as much as possible while outdoors. This is the peak period for the mosquitoes that carry West Nile Virus, and they  are most active between dusk and dawn.

According to the Cache Mosquito Abatement District, there were four confirmed human cases of the virus in 2017.

More tips about preventing West Nile Virus can be found here.

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