First human case of West Nile virus confirmed in Utah for 2022

Salt Lake City—Public health officials confirmed the first positive human case of West Nile virus (WNV) in Weber Morgan Health District about a month after WNV was found in mosquitoes in Utah, with two additional suspect human cases currently under investigation in Weber and Uintah counties. The person is a male resident of the Weber-Morgan Health district, between the ages …

CDC recommends use of bivalent COVID-19 booster

(Salt Lake City, UT) – The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued recommendations for use of the Moderna and Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 bivalent vaccines to help protect Americans from COVID-19. Also known as “updated boosters,” the vaccines target multiple strains of COVID-19—the original strain of the virus and 2 of the Omicron variants (BA.4 and BA.5). The Omicron variants …

Take protective measures against mosquito bites

Salt Lake City—Even though no human cases of West Nile virus in Utah have been reported to date, the Utah Department of Health and Human Services says the virus has been found in mosquito pools in Davis, Salt Lake and Uintah counties. That means the risk of West Nile virus spreading to humans still exists.  West Nile virus is spread …

988 FAQ

What is 988? On July 16, 2022, the nation will transition to an easy-to-remember three-digit suicide prevention and mental health crisis lifeline—988—that will route all callers, texters, and chatters to the existing National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (currently reached via 800-273-8255). Utah will remain a National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (NSPL) affiliate through the Utah Crisis Line, operated by Hunstman Mental Health Institute. How does …