BOISE, Idaho - The first of Idaho's mosquitoes to test positive for West Nile virus this year were collected in Boise.
health officials say the mosquitoes were detected by the Ada County
Mosquito Abatement District. The agency says the virus is showing up
earlier this year than it did in 2011, when West Nile wasn't detected
Officials warned earlier this month that mosquitoes were out and about.
pesky insects typically cause red bumps and itching, but health
officials warn the real danger is from West Nile virus. Idaho led the
nation in West Nile cases in 2006, with about 1,000 infections reported
and 23 deaths. Last year, there were just three reported cases in
humans, and no deaths.
Health officials remain wary, however, because outbreaks can re-occur.
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