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UDOH Confirms Human Cases Of West Nile Virus In Utah

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The Utah Department of Health says at least 11 Utah residents in Salt Lake, Davis and Weber counties have been diagnosed with West Nile virus this season. One person has died so far in the Weber/Morgan Health district.The department says most people who catch the virus do not develop any symptoms. However, about one in 150 people develop severe illness that affects the central nervous system. Approximately one in 10 of those patients die.

 

Nine Utahns are currently infected with the neuroinvasive disease and two are non-neuroinvasive.

 

In addition to human cases, nine horses have also tested positive for West Nile Virus. Two crows, two chickens, one magpie, one scrub jay and one red-tailed hawk also tested positive.