The West Nile virus has been confirmed in northern Utah.

The Utah County Health Department said the virus has been detected in mosquitoes in UtahCounty.

Health officials said they have positive test results for mosquitoes in two areas; one came from the south county area near Springville and the other from an area west of Orem.

Ways to help prevent the spread of West Nile:

· Avoid outdoor activities, such as gardening, at dusk through dawn when mosquitoes are most active.

· If outside during the periods when mosquitoes are most active, cover up by wearing long-sleeved shirts, pants, shoes and socks.

· Use mosquito repellents with DEET. Follow product directions for children and how often it should be applied.

· Eliminate standing water in tires or similar water-holding containers as these may serve as mosquito breeding sites. Change the water in bird baths at least weekly