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The First Case of Fatality in Utah Due to West Nile Virus Reported

A person became the victim of the West Nile virus. The first fatal case of West Nile Virus in Utah 2019.

A Department of Health Utah report registers that there are 19 total human cases of West Nile Virus in Utah this year.

“One of the 19human cases passed away because of the infection of the West Nile virus,” the report states.

That person was 65 years old; however, the report doesn’t include another identifying detail.

Several animal cases were additionally confirmed in Davis, Sevier also in Juab Counties last week.

Human cases reported in Utah in 2019, two are under the age of 18, one is between 18 and 39, seven are between 40 and 64, and nine are over the age of 65.

The report provided the following background details about the West Nile Virus:

“West Nile virus is carried by mosquitoes and is commonly present in Africa, West Asia, and the Middle East. West Nile Virus could cause disease in humans, birds, horses, and another mammal. The virus first saw in the U.S. in 1999 and Utah in August 2003.

Infected mosquito bite most commonly spreads the West Nile virus. Most people (70-80%) who become contaminated with the West Nile virus don’t develop any symptoms. Other symptoms show headache, body aches, joint pains, vomiting, diarrhea, or rash. Around 1% of people infected will develop a serious neurologic illness, similar to meningitis.

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