County Fights Back Against West Nile Virus
Twin Falls, Idaho (KMVT-TV) A mosquito has tested positive for West Nile Virus in Twin Falls County.
It's the first time the county has found the virus in a mosquito this year.
However, it's not the first time the virus has been found in that area.
Planes loaded with pesticide took to the Dallas skies overnight in an all out attack against West Nile Virus.
The virus has infected nearly two hundred people citywide claiming the lives of ten.
"When you have a very warm temperature and a very hot summer like we've had it allows mosquitoes' reproduction rate to be very high,” said Kirk Tubbs, Twin Falls County Pest Abatement District.
Idaho is among the ranks of forty–three other states that have reported West Nile infections in people, birds, or mosquitoes this year, according to the Centers for Disease Control.
Just this week the Twin Falls County Pest Abatement District found the deadly virus in a mosquito a few miles west of Buhl.
"We do routine trapping throughout the county, every week we're out there. And of the 18 traps that were set last week, one of those traps had a positive mosquito. Not a real high infection rate, but they're out there," said Tubbs.
It was in the same general area a mosquito carrying the virus was found a couple of years ago.
As Tubbs explains, the area had recently flooded.
"When you let the water stand for longer than five days it gives the mosquitoes time to hatch out and raise their babies in there," said Tubbs.
Around your house water left in your child's bucket creates the perfect habitat for mosquitoes carrying West Nile Virus.
"If you keep the populations low you'll see very little disease transmission," said Tubbs.
This late in the season Tubbs doesn't foresee the virus becoming a serious issue, but he does recommend horse owners take some precautions.
"There's a vaccine out there for horses and so I'd use it. Also, watering troughs is one of the places we find a lot of mosquito larva and as simple a thing as putting a gold fish in a big horse trough works just fine for controlling the mosquitoes in there," said Tubbs.
In the meantime, the pest abatement district will continue testing for the virus until it freezes.
It has treated the area where the mosquito was found.
If you have a problem with mosquitoes you can call the district at 733-2338 or contact them online at tfcpad.org and they'll come out and test the area.