Ada County Confirms First West Nile Virus Mosquitoes for 2013


Health officials are cautioning the public that a pool of mosquitoes have tested positive for West Nile Virus, the first West Nile report for 2013.

The Ada County Mosquito Abatement District confirmed that the mosquitoes were discovered at a site near the intersection of Beacon Light and Linder roads. Officials with the district said they were responding with mosquito larviciding and adulticiding in the area.

"By using increasingly sophisticated trapping methods, were were able to refine our Integrated Pest Management strategies to more effectively target mosquito populations, especially in the populated areas of [Ada] County," said Brian Wilbur, Director of Weed, Pest and Mosquito Abatement Departments for Ada County.

12 Idahoans were infected with West Nile Virus in 2012. In 2006, Idaho led the nation in WNV infections with nearly 1,000 reported cases, which contributed to 23 deaths.

If infected, individuals may experience fever, nausea, headaches, body aches, swollen lymph glands, or a skin rash. Health officials caution the public no to have standing water on property, to apply DEET or EPA-approved insect repellent to exposed skin and clothing and avoid mosquitoes, especially between dusk and dawn when most mosquitoes are most active.