Mosquitoes infected with West Nile virus were detected in Canyon County on June 14, according to the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare. The mosquitoes were collected by the Canyon County Mosquito Abatement District and were confirmed positive for the virus on June 18.
Last year, one person died because of West Nile virus complications, and an additional 16 people across 11 counties were infected. In August, one human case was reported in Lincoln County, the closest case reported near Blaine County.
Health officials encourage people to reduce the likelihood of infection and steps to avoid mosquitoes, particularly between dusk and dawn when they are most active by covering exposed skin when outdoors with DEET, insect-proof your home, reduce standing water and change bird baths and static decorative ponds weekly to avoid creating a suitable mosquito habitat.