GRANT COUNTY, Wash. - The Department of Health has reported additional mosquito samples from Grant County have tested positive for West Nile Virus.
This season alone, WNV has been identified in 13 mosquito samples collected from the greater Moses Lake area by Grant County Mosquito Control District #1. One positive sample came from Wilson Creek, which is the first detection of WNV in that area since surveillance there began in 2014.
Six horses, one bird, and 28 mosquito samples have been found to have WNV infections this year throughout the state.
Detection of WNV in mosquito populations means there is a potential for the spread of the virus to humans and other vulnerable species. However, there have not been any human or other animal cases reported in Grant County.
It is important to protect yourself by avoiding mosquitoes. Take these steps to prevent mosquito bites and reduce the places where mosquitoes breed around your home:
- Stay indoors at dawn and dusk when mosquitoes are the most active.
- Wear a long sleeve shirt, long pants, and a hat when going into mosquito-infested areas, such as wetlands and other areas with shallow, stagnant water.
- Use mosquito repellent. Read the label and carefully follow instructions. Take special care when using repellent on children.
- Make sure windows and doors are “bug tight” and repair or replace screens as needed.
- Eliminate mosquito-breeding areas around your home by emptying or discarding anything that holds standing water.
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