EMMETT -- Mosquitoes in central Gem County have tested positive for West Nile virus.
The Gem County Mosquito Abatement District says the mosquitoes were collected Tuesday during routine surveillance, and the test results were confirmed Wednesday.
District workers said that the sample was very low in number of specimens that tested positive for the virus.
"This indicates that even though there is West Nile virus in some mosquitoes in the area, population numbers are low and do not warrant any deviation from standard operating procedures," said district director Jason Kinley. "In addition, the isolation of West Nile virus this late in the mosquito season implies that there will not be ample time for the virus to spread throughout the district before seasonal climate change takes effect."
The district will shift resources and priorities to address the recent findings, said Kinley.
So far this summer, a total of nine Idaho counties have had mosquito pools testing positive for West Nile.
Humans and animals can become infected when bitten by a female mosquito carrying the West Nile virus. Idaho has had two human cases - both in Payette County. In one case, a man in his 40s had fever symptoms. Another patient had the more serious neuro-invasive form of West Nile disease.
Information about symptoms and how to protect yourself can be found here.