West Nile Virus infects a third Idahoan
A southwestern Idaho man has tested positive for the West Nile virus, marking the third time this year a human has been infected.
State health officials confirmed Tuesday that an Elmore County man was recovering from the virus, which is usually contracted from infected mosquitoes.
The two previous cases were in Twin Falls County.
In the past month, eight Idaho counties have reported West Nile virus activity in local mosquitoes. Health officials are warning residents to take precautions, such as using repellent and wearing long sleeves and pants, especially at dawn and dusk when mosquitoes may be more active.
Idaho led the nation in West Nile cases in 2006, with 1,000 infections and 23 deaths.
Last year, there were three reported human cases and no deaths.