The first detection of West Nile Virus this year has been reported in Central Washington. While not new to Yakima County, it is the first time the West Nile Virus has been detected this year. Health officials say a trapped mosquito recently tested positive.
According to the Washington Department of Health, 24 people tested positive for the virus in 2015, many of those cases coming in Benton, Franklin, Yakima and Grant counties. In addition, 36 horses tested positive for West Nile last year.
Health experts say the best ways to reduce your risk to West Nile:
- Eliminate standing water on your property
- Wearing long sleeved close when outside.
- And when possible avoid dawn and dusk, when mosquitoes are most active.
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