Mosquitos trapped in Bruneau positive for West Nile Virus

Posted at 4:09 PM, Jul 19, 2018
and last updated 2018-07-19 18:09:42-04

Officials report mosquitos trapped in Owyhee County have tested positive for West Nile virus.

Southwest District Health confirmed the mosquitos carrying the virus in Owyhee County were trapped in Bruneau. This area is not located inside a mosquito abatement district.

Residents are encouraged to take extra precautions to avoid being bitten. Precautions include draining any standing water on your property and wearing repellent when outdoors.

West Nile virus is a potentially severe illness that is usually spread to animals and humans through the bite of an infected mosquito. Although most infections do not cause symptoms, one out of five who become infected with West Nile virus show symptoms such as fever, headaches, body aches, nausea, vomiting, and sometimes swollen lymph nodes, or a skin rash.

These symptoms can last for only a few days or may last for several weeks. Symptoms typically occur from 2 to 14 days after the bite from an infected mosquito.

There is no specific treatment, but in more severe cases, people usually need hospitalization.