West Nile Virus in Lava Hot Springs

west nile virus

An abnormally high amount of Mosquitoes have been found to be infected with West Nile virus in Lava Hot Springs and several other areas.

Information on signs and symtoms can be found here https://www.cdc.gov/westnile/symptoms/

The following is a press release issued by the Bannock county sheriffs department

Emergency Declaration regarding mosquitoes and West Nile Virus

Please find attached an Emergency Declaration regarding mosquitoes and West Nile Virus. Bannock County normally sees West Nile in trapped mosquitoes in mid-July; however, we began seeing West Nile in trapped mosquitoes the first part of June. West Nile has been confirmed in trapped mosquitoes throughout the County; however, areas of major concern at this time are McCammon through Lava Hot Springs and Downey through Swan Lake. Bannock County will begin aerial adulticide application in the Downey through Swan Lake area tonight, July 13, at approximately 8:30 p.m. Aerial applications in other areas will continue in the evenings Monday, July 17, through Wednesday, July 19, in the areas of major concern as long as the weather conditions permit. Attached is a map showing the areas planned for adulticide application spraying. Citizens with any concerns with the aerial application can take precautions by remaining indoors during treatment with windows closed and air conditioners turned off. The spray to be used is an EPA registered pesticide approved for public health applications.

Citizens are urged to take necessary precautions to avoid getting bit by mosquitoes by using mosquito repellent with DEET and wearing long sleeves/pants at dusk and dawn. Citizens are also requested to check their property and remove any standing water such as bird baths, gutters and old tires. If anyone has any questions, please call our Mosquito Abatement Supervisor, Dave Herter, at 208-251-3083.