The Central District Health Department confirmed late Aug. 28 that the West Nile Virus had been tested positive for an Ada County woman in her 50s. It's the first reported human case in Ada County this year and the eighth case statewide. Health officials said the woman was infected in Valley County, where she spent a good amount of time outdoors.
“Nearly every human case of West Nile Virus this year has occurred in southwest Idaho. We know the disease is here,” said Kimberly Link, program manager for Communicable Disease Control at CDHD. “This case should serve as a reminder to everyone, but especially to outdoor enthusiasts, that they need to make every effort to keep from getting bitten.”
On Aug. 22, Ada County conducted aerial spray applications through a number of neighborhoods in northwest Ada County to combat the West Nile Virus.
As of Aug. 21, 36 different testing pools at 26 locations around Ada County had produced mosquitoes carrying West Nile.
The aerial spaying included much of the communities of Meridian, Star and a portion of Eagle.