West Nile Virus Arrives in Idaho

31 Aug

This thing could kill you. Ridiculous.

Everybody’s least favorite insects have now come to southeast Idaho armed with the obnoxiously deadly West Nile Virus. The first Idaho case of the year was confirmed after a man in his 50s was hospitalized last week, according to the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare.

On the other side of the state, the Gem County Mosquito Abatement District confirmed a positive test for West Nile from mosquitos captured around Emmett. We’re trapped!

The virus is no stranger to Idaho, who led the nation in West Nile infections back in 2006 with a whopping 1,000 cases and 23 deaths.

But there’s no need to freak out just yet. In order to get West Nile you have to actually be bit by a mosquito carrying the disease or probably drink an infected person’s blood. If you get it you’ll have a fever, headache, body aches, nausea, vomiting, maybe swollen lymph glands and maybe a rash or two. You probably won’t die unless you’re very old, very young or very in need of health insurance.

In fact, this could all be nothing! Last year only three people in the state got the virus. Stay away from old tires full of water and you’ll probably be fine.

[via Local News 8]

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