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The Salt Lake County Health Department has confirmed the first human case of West Nile virus in Utah this year.

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Many of the US athletes arriving in Rio are not only participating in the Olympic games, they’re taking part in a research study about the Zika virus. A professor at the University of Utah is heading up that effort.

50% Of Zika Cases In Utah Have Been Pregnant Women

Jul 22, 2016

Utah health officials are trying to raise awareness about the risks of Zika for pregnant women and babies in utero. Of the eight known cases in the state, four were pregnant at the time of infection.

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Local health officials confirmed Monday a new case of Zika in Utah, but they don’t know how the infection occurred.

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Zika virus contributed to the death of a Salt Lake County resident last month. County health officials say it’s the first confirmed Zika-related death in the continental U.S.

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The World Health Organization has declared an international emergency over the explosive spread of the mosquito-borne Zika virus. Health officials are most concerned about possible birth defects when a pregnant woman is bitten by a mosquito carrying the Zika virus.