Idaho confirms first human case of West Nile Virus

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"We haven't had any human (cases) yet reported from the Riverside County Department of Public Health but (that's) definitely something we want to avoid at all costs", he said.

A North Valleys resident has tested positive for West Nile Virus, according to the Washoe County Health District.

One of these cases took place in Jefferson County and the other in Phillips County.

Since 1999, when West Nile virus was first detected in the United States, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has been tracking the mosquito-borne disease each summer from June to September. In 2006, Idaho led the nation for West Nile illnesses with nearly 1,000 infections that contributed to 23 deaths. Make sure your doors and windows have tight-fitting screens.

Remove standing water from buckets, unused kiddy pools, old tires or similar sites where mosquitoes commonly lay eggs.

Mosquitoes are repelled by high winds, so electric fans may provide some relief at outdoor events.

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Cover exposed skin by wearing a hat, long sleeves and long trousers in places where mosquitoes are especially active, such as wooded areas. The most prominent include the northern house mosquito, Culex pipiens, and Culex tarsalis.

Most people infected will not show severe symptoms.

This is the first person to be reported to be infected this season and the first indication of West Nile virus activity in Kootenai County this season, bringing the total positive number of counties this year to 12.

Symptoms of the infection are fever, headache, body aches, nausea, and sometimes swollen lymph glands or a skin rash.

In rare cases, severe illness including meningitis, encephalitis, or even death can occur. If you have been bitten by mosquitoes and are experiencing these symptoms, contact your medical care provider.

According to the Journal Courier article, this confirmation is the first such finding of West Nile in Greene or surrounding counties.

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