Sixty-seven cases of AIDS were reported in Utah during 1988 - the greatest number of cases reported in a single year, and an increase of 46 percent from 1987.

The cumulative total of AIDS cases reported in Utah at the end of 1988 was 167, with 110 deaths, according to a report issued by the Utah Department of Health's Bureau of Epidemiology.State epidemiologist Craig Nichols said the distribution of cases by transmission in Utah has remained fairly constant over the past few years and is compatible with national statistics.

Ninety-two percent of the cumulative cases occurred in males. The majority of patients (78 percent) have been younger than age 40 at the time of disease onset. Five patients were children.

Since 1983, most AIDS cases (134 or 80 percent) have been reported from Salt Lake County. Other major counties reporting cases include Weber, nine cases; Utah, seven cases; Davis, five cases. The remaining 12 cases are distributed across eight additional counties.

Nichols said 37 percent of the cases from 1988 met the revised national criteria for AIDS reporting. The most common indicator disease seen in this group is presumptively diagnosed Pneumocystis carinii pneumonia. HIV wasting syndrome is also being reported more often, especially in common with other diseases.