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Mosquito Abatement asks for help in controlling backyard mosquitoes

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From The Argus Observer
August 11, 2020

CANYON COUNTY — West Nile virus has been detected in mosquitoes collected on August 6, 2020 in the Northern portion of Nampa.

“Idaho Bureau of Laboratories in Boise confirmed the positive mosquito pools,” said Jim Lunders, Director Canyon County Mosquito Abatement District.

Lunders explained that the Canyon County Mosquito Abatement District routinely sets eight gravid traps and 120 dry ice baited EVS Traps throughout Canyon County to monitor for adult mosquito populations and the presence of vector borne diseases. 

To date, the District has tested 928 pools this season for West Nile virus, seven of which have tested positive.“

Most people who become infected with West Nile virus do not become sick. Some may develop mild flu-like symptoms such as fever, headache, body aches, and occasionally swollen lymph glands or rash. In some cases, West Nile virus may cause encephalitis, or inflammation of the brain,” said Jaime Aanensen, Division Administrator Southwest District Health, “individuals with severe or unusual headaches should seek medical care as soon as possible.”

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