West Nile fever cases reported in Washington County and Owyhee County
On Thursday Southwest District Health officials received notification of two positive human cases of West Nile fever, one in Washington County and one in Owyhee County.
A male, in his 40's, was hospitalized and is now recovering at home in Washington County.
In addition, a new case was also reported from Owyhee County. A male in his 70's who contracted West Nile fever was not hospitalized.
The 2013 West Nile Virus human case totals within the counties Southwest District Health serves are as follows:
Payette Co: 2 West Nile Fever and 1 neuroinvasive case;
Owyhee County: 1 West Nile Fever; and Washington County: 1 West Nile Fever.
Southwest District Health reminds the public to use the following precautions:
- When outdoors, use insect repellent containing an EPA-registered active ingredient, such as DEET or Picaridin (apply it according to manufacturers' instructions.)
- Parents are advised not to apply repellant that contains more than 10 percent DEET on their children. In addition, certain products which contain permethrin are recommended for use on clothing, shoes, bed nets, and camping gear. Follow the directions on the package.
- Use insect repellent and wear long sleeves, pants, and loose-fitting clothing at dawn and dusk when mosquitoes are most active and feeding. If possible, consider staying indoors during these hours.
- Use screens on windows and doors to keep mosquitoes out.
- Work to eliminate mosquito breeding sites by draining standing water from flower pots, buckets, and barrels. Change the water in pet dishes and replace the water in bird baths and feeding troughs, at least twice a week. Drill holes in tire swings or old tires so water drains out.
- Empty or cover children's wading pools when not in use.
- Don't over-irrigate lawns, gardens or pastures.
- Don't forget to vaccinate horses
Mosquito pools positive with West Nile Virus, have been reported in Ada, Adams, Canyon, Gem, Gooding, Owyhee, Payette, Twin Falls, Valley, and Washington Counties in Idaho. In addition, mosquito pools have tested positive with West Nile Virus in Malheur County, Oregon.