CALDWELL -- Southwest District Health officials say mosquitoes collected in a trap in the Sweet area of Gem County have tested positive for the West Nile virus.

The health district placed traps in six locations within the Sweet, Ola, and Montour area and will continue monitoring weekly. The Sweet pool is the first to test positive in the area for 2014.

While this positive pool is very low in numbers, it is important that we all take steps to minimize our risk to the West Nile virus, said David Loper, Division Director of Environmental Health Services for Southwest District Health. Most mosquitoes out during the day are nuisance mosquitoes, but if possible, we should avoid activities between dawn and dusk when the mosquitoes that potentially carry West Nile are most active.

West Nile virus is a potentially serious illness that is usually spread to animals and humans through the bite of an infected mosquito.

No human cases have been reported in Idaho this season.

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