The Bear River Health Department is advising residents of Box Elder County to be aware of recent developments concerning West Nile Virus (WNV). Box Elder County Mosquito Abatement reports that 3 mosquito traps in the area have tested positive for the virus and that further testing could render more positive tests. The health department would like to remind the public to take precautions to minimize the risk of contracting the West Nile virus.
- Use Insect Repellent: Apply an EPA-registered insect repellent to exposed skin and clothing. Follow the instructions on the label for proper application.
- Wear Protective Clothing: When outdoors, wear long-sleeved shirts, long pants, socks, and shoes to minimize exposed skin.
- Avoid Peak Mosquito Activity: Mosquitoes that carry the West Nile virus are most active during dawn and dusk. Take extra precautions at these times.
- Eliminate Standing Water: Mosquitoes breed in standing water. Regularly empty, cover, or treat containers that can collect water, such as buckets, flower pots, and bird baths.
- Maintain Screened Areas: Keep doors and windows screened to prevent mosquitos from entering your home.
- Check for Symptoms: If you develop symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, neck stiffness, disorientation, or muscle weakness, contact a health care provider.