Mosquito traps test positive for West Nile in Ada County

Henrietta Brewer
July 15, 2017

Bannock County has had confirmed positive West Nile virus in animals and a few potential West Nile virus human cases are awaiting results.

The virus is transmitted through mosquito bites.

Health officials report that the risk of the virus is now low, though hotter temperatures in July and August create ideal conditions for the Culex mosquito and West Nile.

"In an abundance of caution, we are working with the DeKalb County Board of Health and redoubling our efforts to minimize any exposure to the West Nile virus in Brookhaven", City Manager Christian Sigman said in a news release.

"A small number of people (about 1 in 150) who get infected develop severe disease called West Nile encephalitis or West Nile meningitis", Smilanich said.

DCHHS is awaiting confirmation of the case from the Texas Department of State Health Services. "The first samples of the strain of mosquito that carries West Nile virus has been found in the province".

The best way to avoid the infection is mosquito prevention, which includes wearing light or loose clothing, eliminate standing water in the home, ensuring all screens are working with no punctures, and using insect repellent.

Wear protective clothing, including long trousers, long-sleeved shirts and socks, in areas where mosquitoes are active.

Most infected people do not exhibit any symptoms, but anyone experiencing fever, headache, nausea, vomiting muscle aches and weakness should seek medical attention.

There are no medications to treat or vaccines to prevent the virus.

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