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Mosquitoes In Idaho Positive For West Nile

BOISE, Idaho - The first of Idaho's mosquitoes to test positive for West Nile virus this year were collected in Boise.
    
State health officials say the mosquitoes were detected by the Ada County Mosquito Abatement District. The agency says the virus is showing up earlier this year than it did in 2011, when West Nile wasn't detected until August.
    
Officials warned earlier this month that mosquitoes were out and about.
    
The pesky insects typically cause red bumps and itching, but health officials warn the real danger is from West Nile virus. Idaho led the nation in West Nile cases in 2006, with about 1,000 infections reported and 23 deaths. Last year, there were just three reported cases in humans, and no deaths.
    
Health officials remain wary, however, because outbreaks can re-occur.

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