West Nile Virus was detected in Canyon County mosquitos this week, for the first time this season.
Last year, one Idahoan died of the virus, and 16 others were infected.
To prevent West Nile, the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare recommends covering skin and using insect repellent when outdoors, and insect-proofing your home by installing screens. Since standing water is prime habitat for mosquitos, change bird baths and dog bowls regularly, and monitor decorative ponds.
The virus typically causes flu-like symptoms that go away on their own, but can be more dangerous for older folks.
There is no vaccine for humans, so health officials say avoiding mosquitoes is the best way to stay healthy this summer. The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare’s website has more information about West Nile Virus and how it can be prevented.
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