First Case of Human West Nile in Idaho
Mosquitos. Yuck. They're that nasty little suckers (literally) that are around every single summer here in Idaho and, unfortunately, can carry bad viruses like West Nile. While mosquito abatement crews have been busy getting rid of and testing mosquitos in the Treasure Valley, it turns out the risk of being infected definitely still exists.
According to KTVB, the first case of human West Nile Virus has been reported. A 50-year-old man who lives in Canyon County has been exposed, however, it could've been in either the 2C or Adams County. Luckily, the virus cannot be contracted from human to human, so we're good. But, officials with the Southwest District Health Department say you should limit your outdoor activity west of Caldwell to a minimum. "This area appears to be the center of elevated numbers of potentially disease-carrying mosquitoes."
I didn't know this, but apparently if you become infected, you're likely not to notice symptoms. However, severe symptoms include "fever, headaches, body aches, fatigue, nausea, vomiting, and sometimes swollen lymph glands or a skin rash." If you're going to be out and about between dusk and dawn (when mosquitos are most active), wear long sleeve shirts, pants, and be sure to be wearing repellant.