KDHE warning about West Nile Virus

KDHE warning about West Nile Virus

The Department of Health reminds South Dakotans to get in the habit of using mosquito repellent as the state's first human West Nile virus (WNV) case of the year has been detected in Davison County in the 60-69 age group. The females lay their eggs in water.

West Nile virus is spread to humans through the bite of an infected mosquito.

The news accompanies the discovery of new mosquito pools that have tested positive for West Nile virus in the following counties: Reno, Shawnee, and Johnson. It has been estimated that only one in five people infected with the virus will show any symptoms. Although there is no vaccine available for people, there are several vaccines available for horses.

With the increased numbers, "Ada County's Mosquito Abatement District is anticipating a potential epidemic level of West Nile Virus due to the abundance of larvae already in the valley", Ada County Punblic information Officer Kate McGwire. Of the reported cases, seven involved people with neuroinvasive disease.




Zika virus has been steadily spreading around the globe in areas where the Aedes mosquito is present. The latter has been found in Multnomah County.

Ada County's Mosquito Abatement District has been now added to the Local Disaster Emergency Declaration that was created under Idaho Code Section 46-1011 on March 27 of this year.

Also, residents should get rid of any sources of standing water on or near their property, including drilling holes in tire swings, and fill in any holes in the yard with dirt.

Recent and prolonged flooding across the Treasure Valley is a recipe for a particularly bad mosquito season.

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