West Nile virus discovered in Gem County mosquitoes

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EMMETT, Idaho - A small batch of mosquitoes in Gem County have tested positive for the West Nile Virus.

The Gem County Mosquito Abatement District said the potential source has been identified. If there's any good news about the report, officials say the virus appears to be present in small numbers.

“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 Jason Kinley, director.

"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.”