West Nile Virus detected in multiple places in Ada County

Posted at 5:00 PM, Aug 07, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-08 19:01:52-04

STAR, Idaho — West Nile Virus has been detected in multiple places Ada County.

Officials with Ada County Weed, Pest and Mosquito Abatement say a mosquito trapped along the Boise River in Star tested positive for the virus. It has also been found in the following locations:

• Kuna - Corner of 10 Mile Creek Road and S. Cole Rd.
• Eagle - Corner of W. River Trail Dr. and S. Island Glenn Way
• Eagle - Mace Rd. and W. Windbreaker Ln.
• Hidden Springs - W. Dry Creek Rd. and N. Seaman's Gulch Rd.

Crews are already working on truck-mounted mosquito abatement treatments in the surrounding area in an effort to prevent humans from catching the virus.

To help prevent the spread of West Nile virus:

  • Drain or dump standing water weekly. For example, dump standing water from flowerpots, planter bases, bird baths, toys, cans, rain gutters, pet dishes, buckets, and old tires.
  • Ensure that screen doors and windows are tight-fitting and in good condition.
  • Avoid overwatering your lawn and landscape.
  • Limit outdoor activities during dusk and dawn to prevent mosquito bites. Those are the times when the mosquitoes that transmit WNV are most active.
  • Dress in long sleeve shirts and long pants, preferably in light colors.
  • Apply insect repellent following label instructions.

To see the exact location the virus was found, click this link and then click "Mosquito Tracker."