SL County Reports Five West Nile Cases in Three Weeks

SL County Reports Five West Nile Cases in Three Weeks

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Over the last three weeks, five cases of West Nile virus in humans have been reported in Salt Lake County.

The Salt Lake Valley Health Department says all five of the people had neurological symptoms and all were hospitalized.

Less than one percent of people infected with the virus show neurological symptoms. Most experience aches, fever or have no symptoms.

While the mosquito season will be ending soon, health officials say residents should take precautions. Residents should avoid the outdoors from dusk to dawn or wear a repellant containing DEET.

Disease carrying mosquitoes will continue to bite until there are two or three nights of a hard freeze.

(Copyright 2005 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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