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Typically, serious symptoms are found among older people, but Brian Hougaard, manager at the South Salt Lake Valley Mosquito Abatement District, said people of all ages have gotten the "nasty effects" of the West Nile Virus.

On 21 July, the health department confirmed that the mosquitoes of Zion have been tested positive for having the West Nile Virus.

Approximately 70 to 80 percent of people infected with West Nile virus do not experience symptoms.

According to the CDC, the West Nile virus is an arthropod-borne virus most commonly spread by infected mosquitoes. "We encourage people to stay active outdoors, but please keep in mind to wear insect repellent and take other precautions to avoid mosquito bites".

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"It is very important that people take precautions to protect themselves and their families from mosquito bites", advises Dr. Vaishampayan.

According to the Central Massachusetts Mosquito Control Project, while evening temperatures have begun to decline across the state, residents should continue to avoid mosquito bites regardless of where they live until the first hard frost. "However, some may become ill approximately three to 15 days after the bite of an infected mosquito", the statement added.

Mild symptoms may include headache, body aches, joint pain, vomiting diarrhea, or rash. However, some people - less than one percent - will develop serious neurologic illness such as encephalitis or meningitis.

Apply an EPA-registered insect repellent containing DEET, picaridin, IR3535, oil of lemon eucalyptus or para-menthane-diol to clothes and exposed skin.

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When people do show symptoms, they can mimic those of flu or what people call "stomach flu", Dr. Soule noted.

Mosquito proof your home by removing standing water around your property and ensure screens are free from breaks or rips.

People over 50 and those with weak immune systems are most at risk.

Wear clothing that reduces the risk of skin exposure to mosquito bites (i.e., long trousers and long-sleeved shirts).

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