Vest Nile Virus Reported in Gooding County
The following is a press release from the South Central Public Health District:
GOODING COUNTY- One horse has tested positive for West Nile virus in Gooding County and one human has a probable case. With this new evidence of the disease circulating in our area, South Central Public Health District (SCPHD) warns residents to take precautions to avoid West Nile virus.
“This disease presents mild symptoms in most people, but for the few who have severe symptoms West Nile virus can be incredibly painful, or even deadly,” said Tanis Maxwell, SCPHD Public Health Program Manager. “It’s important to prevent mosquito bites whenever you are enjoying the outdoors the early morning or evening.”
Residents can protect against mosquito bites by:
Using insect repellent with an EPA-registered active ingredient like DEET, especially at dawn and dusk when mosquitos carrying the virus are most active.
Wearing loose-fitting clothes with long sleeves and pants.
Installing screens on all windows and doors.
Checking for, and draining, any standing water around your home every three to six days. This includes clogged rain gutters, pools, bird baths, old tires and other outside water features.
Typical symptoms of the virus include fever, headache, body aches, joint pains, vomiting, diarrhea, and rash. People over 50 years old, with serious medical conditions, are at greater risk for serious illness from the virus. More severe infections may involve the central nervous system.
More information is available on the SCPHD website: https://www.phd5.idaho.gov/pests-mold-and-bedbugs/#Mosquito_Abatement