Mosquito carrying West Nile virus found in Twin Falls County
At least one mosquito carrying West Nile virus was trapped along the Jerome and Twin Falls county border.
The South Central Public Health District made the announcement Wednesday in a news release.
They said the mosquito was collected by Twin Falls County Pest Abatement District. The heath district is now warning residents to avoid catching the disease.
“Overall, mosquito trap numbers in the county are low,” said Brian Simper, TFCPAD Manager, in a news release. “But this positive serves as a good reminder that West Nile Virus is out there, and the public can take steps to reduce mosquito habitat and avoid mosquitoes when they are most active at dusk and dawn.”
Public Health officials remind residents to protect themselves and their families from 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.
Brianna Bodily, the public information manager at South Central Public Health Department stresses the importance of taking those precautions.
“We ask you to do these things because we want to protect the people who can't handle the disease, or can't handle the illness because they're already fighting another disease like cancer, or they are over the age of 60 and their immune system is compromised. What we want to do is protect the people who can't protect themselves. So if you won't do it for you, do it for your neighbor, do it for your family member, and do it for someone who needs it more than you do” Bodily said.