Mosquito season has begun! Tips to avoid mosquito bites (and reduce risk of West Nile)

 

mosquitoMosquito abatement districts are surveying and treating for the pesky little blood-suckers earlier than usual because spring has been so mild. So now is a good time to go over the precautions you should take to protect yourself and your family from mosquito bites. Zika virus has been in the news a lot lately, but in Idaho and the rest of the United States, we worry the most about mosquitoes transmitting West Nile virus. This early in the season, we’ve had no reports of West Nile in mosquitoes, humans or horses. Last season in Idaho, 13 people and four horses were infected in six counties. Fortunately, there were no deaths.

Who needs to be thinking about how to avoid West Nile virus?

Everyone who plans to be outside this summer and fall should be thinking about how to avoid mosquito bites. The virus is transmitted by the bite of an infected mosquito. We tend to see the most human illnesses from the virus in July and August, but that could change this year since the weather warmed up so quickly. Continue reading “Mosquito season has begun! Tips to avoid mosquito bites (and reduce risk of West Nile)”

West Nile virus found in eastern Idaho

0716 West Nile updateAdditional Idaho counties are finding evidence of West Nile virus this week, with Owyhee and Bingham Counties reporting positive mosquito pools. Seven Idaho counties have now identified West Nile virus, with Bingham County being the first in Eastern Idaho to identify West Nile activity.

Recent hot weather coupled with periodic rains is thought to have provided good breeding conditions for Culex mosquitoes, which transmit West Nile virus. The Ada County Mosquito Abatement district conducted targeted aerial spraying last week because of growing concern over booming mosquito populations.
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