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West Nile Virus

West Nile virus (WNV) is a virus commonly found in Africa, West Asia, and the Middle East. It is carried by mosquitoes. West Nile can cause disease in humans, birds, horses, and some other mammals. The virus was found in the U.S. in 1999 and in Utah in August 2003.

The most common way to get infected is through the bite of a mosquito. Most people (70-80%) who become infected with West Nile virus do not develop any symptoms. Other symptoms include headache, body aches, joint pains, vomiting, diarrhea, or rash. Less than 1% of people infect will develop a serious neurologic illness, such as meningitis.

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Utah Department of Health
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801-538-6191
Fax: 801-538-9913
Email: epi@utah.gov
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Salt Lake City, Utah 84114-2104

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