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Specialists say there's a 'remote possibility that jungle fever cases will spread to Utah

Specialists say there's a 'remote possibility that jungle fever cases will spread to Utah

On Tuesday, the Places for Infectious Prevention and Anticipation declared five cases of jungle fever in the U.S., yet what's the significance here for Utahns?

The four cases in Florida and the one in Texas, according to the CDC, mark the first time the parasitic illness has entered the United States in quite some time.

Michele Rehbein of the Salt Lake City Abatement District asserted that out of the thousands of mosquito species that are known to exist, only three can transmit malaria. The species truly does live in Utah; However, she stated that not many of them exist.

"The anopheles mosquitoes that we have here that are being gathered locally are not sending jungle fever, so they don't make them course in their wild populace," Rehbein said.

The experts at the Reduction Locale said there's a remote possibility Utahns can get intestinal sickness due to where the tainted mosquitoes live.

"The contaminated mosquitoes would have to travel a really significant distance to arrive in Utah, and that will not occur," Rehbein explained.

In any case, consider the possibility that Utahns travel to jungle-fever-tainted places. Greg White, the assistant director of the Salt Lake City Abatement District, stated that's where the danger is.

White expressed, "Jungle fever is really far-reaching through the jungles of the world, so they have it in Africa, in Asia, and in South America."

White said if an Utahn went out to any of those places, that was where the chief danger would be.

"They will give you the right medications that you really want to take before you go around there to both prevent and stop any contamination, such as intestinal sickness," he stated.

White stated, "However, it is still troubling that cases are emerging in the United States after such a long time." Jungle fever was a major piece of the U.S. from its establishment up until the 1950s when we returned it to normal, and in Africa, it's as yet a significant issue."

The district does not conduct malaria testing, but they do have methods for locating the species.

"We can pinpoint in the event that we really want to do any kind of preventive measures," Rehbein communicated. "There is no need to be worried.

White continued, "I don't think malaria is going to be a problem here in Utah."

Regarding mosquitoes in 2023, the district reported receiving more nuisance calls than in previous years. They report the mosquito populations are somewhat more regrettable and help everybody get freed to remember any standing water to fend them off.

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