West Nile Confirmed in Payette County


Just a few days after health officials confirmed mosquitoes with the West Nile Virus had been discovered in Eastern Oregon's Malheur County, mosquitoes with West Nile were also detected nearby in Idaho's Payette County.

According to a spokesperson for the Payette County Mosquito Abatement Program, the positive sample was discovered "nearly a month earlier than in previous years."

Ten Idaho counties found evidence of the West Nile Virus in 2012, with human cases reported in Elmore, Gem, Payette, Twin Falls and Washington counties. Additionally, horses in Canyon, Gooding, Owyhee and Washington counties tested positive for West Nile in 2012.

Symptoms include fever, headache, nausea, vomiting and swollen lymph nodes.

The Department of Health and Welfare urges residents to reduce the chances of infection by applying mosquito repellant containing DEET, Picaridin or Lemon Eucalyptus, and cover up exposed skin when outdoors.