Mosquitoes Found in Kuna Carrying West Nile Virus
Not that we need anything else to worry about but this is a good thing to be aware of. According to CBS2, this is the first detection of the West Nile virus so far this year. Ada county set traps around to get a sampling of mosquitoes in the area to test for the virus. At least 3 traps had mosquitos that were carrying the virus.
The West Nile virus can be harmful to people and animals and livestock. The county keeps a close eye on it and encourages people to take precautions. The mosquito abatement districts mission is to "control mosquitoes that are both a nuisance and potential vector of disease to Ada County residents. The district covers 406 square miles, with the majority of the district spanning major residential and urban areas."
The areas with infected mosquitoes found were in these Kuna intersections,
West Ten Mile Creek Road and South Cole Road.
East Deer Flat Road and South Cloverdale Road.
East Corriente Lane and South Kuna-Meridian Road.
According to the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare, West Nile Virus (WNV) is transmitted by infected mosquitos and can cause serious illness in people of any age, but especially in people over the age of 50 or those with other underlying medical conditions. The tips they give are:
1. Wear repellent containing DEET, Picaridin or Oil of Lemon Eucalyptus (all EPA-approved repellents) according to the label.
2. Remove all possible standing water around your home - this is where mosquitoes like to breed.
3. Cover up your skin with clothing and repellent between dusk and dawn, when mosquitoes are most active.
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