Mosquitoes in Bingham County have tested positive for West Nile Virus, making Bingham County the first county in Eastern Idaho to carry the virus.
There are no human cases of West Nile in Idaho, but Southeastern Idaho Public Health said this is a good time to be cautious.
They refer folks to four basic reminders they call the four Ds.
First, avoid dawn and dusk, as those are the times mosquitoes are most active. Second, dress in longs sleeves and full pants during those times, minimizing the amount of skin able to be bitten. Third, use insect repellent with deet and keep aware of any mosquito bites you get. Fourth, drain.
"Drain or change water in containers that could hold water," said Jeff Doerr, epidemiologist for SIPH. "If you have tire swings put a hole in the bottom of them so the water can drain. Also, swimming pools, bird baths and things like that, you need to change the water every couple days."
Public health said about 80 percent of people who do contract West Nile could fight it off during the two to 14-day incubation period the virus lives for. Doerr said only about 1 percent of people who contract the virus need to be hospitalized.