West Nile found in Yakima County mosquitoes

Tri-City HeraldJune 14, 2013 

— West Nile virus was found in mosquitoes in two samples collected in Yakima County, the state Department of Health reported Friday.

And the department is urging people to take steps to protect themselves from becoming infected, including using bug repellent with DEET, picaridin or IR 353, wearing long pants and long-sleeved shirts when outside at dawn and dusk, getting rid of standing water in containers such as flower pots and making sure screens and windows are “bug tight.”

Most people bitten by a West Nile-carrying mosquito won’t get sick, but in some cases it can be serious and even fatal, the release said. People over age 50 and those with weakened immune systems are at higher risk, the release said.

To report a dead bird -- often the first sign of West Nile in a community -- go to tinyurl.com/wawestnile.

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