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Posted on: July 5, 2017

Mosquitoes in Draper Test Positive for West Nile Virus


The Salt Lake County Health Department (SLCoHD) notified Draper City officials that they received results of a mosquito pool in Draper City that has tested positive for West Nile virus (WNV). “Mosquito pool” is the term used for a group of mosquitoes caught and tested out of single trip – it is unrelated to swimming, wading, or landscape pools. There are currently no confirmed human cases of WNV.

This positive pool is the first in Salt Lake County this season, though it is possible additional pools in the county may test positive for West Nile virus in coming weeks. The South Salt Lake Mosquito Abatement District will be spraying for mosquitoes in some areas of Draper.

This announcement comes right before the Draper Days activities begin with the rodeo this Thursday, Friday and Saturday. The public should plan to protect themselves from mosquitoes when they come enjoy the Draper Days festivities. Mosquito repellent will be available at the ticketing entrance to the Draper Rodeo (July 6, 7, 8), both entrances to the Draper Amphitheater movie night (July 13) and at the Draper Park activities on July 14 and 15.

While there are currently no confirmed human cases of West Nile virus reported to date, this is a good reminder that it is important that people protect themselves and their families from mosquito bites, particularly in the hours from dusk to dawn, by doing the following:

• Use a mosquito repellent with DEET, permethrin, picaridin, IR3535 or oil of lemon eucalyptus according to package directions.
• Drain standing water in yards (old tires, potted plant trays, pet dishes, toys, buckets, etc.).
• Wear long sleeves and pants after dusk.
• Keep roof gutters clear of debris.
• Clean swimming pools often or drain them.
• Clean and stock garden ponds with mosquito-eating fish or mosquito dunks.
• Make sure screen doors and window screens are in good condition so that mosquitoes cannot get indoors.
• Keep weeds and tall grass cut short; adult mosquitoes look for these shady places to rest during the hot daylight hours.

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