Mosquitoes in Elmore County test positive for West Nile Virus

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Elmore County becomes the twelfth Idaho county to report mosquitoes testing positive for West Nile Virus as of Friday.

The Central District Health Department says multiple mosquito pools were located this week.

The pools are in the areas of Canyon Creek Street, Hamilton Road, and East 6th Street/South 18th East Street in Mountain Home, Three Island Crossing Park in Glenns Ferry and King Hill outside Glenns Ferry.

The health district says Elmore County Pest Abatement District has been fogging the positive pools and plans to do more testing next week.

The first human case of West Nile Virus this year was reported last week in Kootenai County.

The health district says the public should act to protect themselves from mosquito bites and gives the following tips on how to best prevent them:

? Cover up exposed skin when outdoors and apply DEET or other EPA-approved insect repellent to exposed skin and clothing. Carefully follow instructions on the product label, especially for children.

? Insect-proof your home by repairing or replacing screens.

? Reduce standing water on your property; check and drain toys, trays or pots outdoors that may hold water.

? Change bird baths, static decorative ponds, and animal water tanks weekly because they may provide a suitable mosquito habitat.

WNV does not usually affect domestic animals, but it can cause severe illness in horses and certain species of birds. Although there is no vaccine available for people, there are several vaccines available for horses. People are advised to vaccinate their horses annually.

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