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Uh Oh! West Nile in Ada County

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Two mosquito traps in Ada County have tested positive for West Nile Virus, according to the Ada County Mosquito Abatement District.

 This is the first positive test for West Nile Virus in Ada County this year. Ada County Mosquito Abatement is actively going through routine testing of all sites, as well as fogging one square mile around the areas that tested positive. One trap is located on Valley Heights Drive in Boise (north of Columbia Rd between Cloverdale and 5 Mile) and the other trap is in Kuna on W. 4th Street near Indian Creek.

 “With the historic flooding we saw this spring, this unfortunately was something we were anticipating this year,” said Commissioner Dave Case. “When we have positive results like this, our Mosquito Abatement District addresses it immediately. We will continue to monitor these locations, in addition to our regular treatment efforts throughout all of Ada County.”

West Nile Virus is a potentially deadly virus. Mosquitos are most active from dusk to dawn and residents should take measures to protect themselves and their families from mosquitoes that could carry it.

Remember the D’s:

·         DRAIN any standing water on your property that may produce mosquitos.

·         DRESS appropriately by wearing light colored, loose long sleeves and pants when outdoors.

·         DEFEND yourself against mosquitos by covering up exposed skin and apply DEET or another EPA-approved insect repellent.

To stay informed on current Mosquito Abatement activity in Ada County, visit our online Mosquito Tracker at https://adacounty.id.gov/Mosquito-Abatement/Mosquito-Tracker to view daily mosquito trap findings and surveillance site locations.

More information on West Nile Virus can be found on the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare website at http://healthandwelfare.idaho.gov/health/diseasesconditions/westnilevirus/tabid/112/default.aspx and Central District Health http://www.cdhd.idaho.gov/pdfs/epi/WESTNILEVIRUS2006.pdf .

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