A group of mosquitoes found in northwestern Franklin County has tested positive for West Nile virus, an official said.
The insects collected on North Wahluke Road was the first mosquito pool to test positive for the virus in the county this season, David Dorsett, director of the Franklin County Mosquito Control District, said in a news release. The agency traps and tests mosquitoes across the county each week.
People in areas with mosquito activity should wear long pants and long-sleeved shirts, as well as insect repellent containing DEET, when outside in early mornings and evenings, Dorsett said.
“West Nile virus is typically most active this time of year and protecting yourself from being bitten is the only way to insure that you won’t contract the virus,” he said.
On Wednesday, the mosquito control district began air and ground treatments of the area where the virus was found and will continue treatment Thursday, Dorsett said.