Warning issued after West Nile virus detected in Yakima County mosquitos

Jul 14, 2023, 6:22 PM | Updated: 6:46 pm

west nile virus...

(KIRO 7)

(KIRO 7)

Mosquitos are out in full force, and public health officials are warning people after detecting the West Nile virus in Yakima County near the border of Benton County.

The Yakima Health District got a report from the Benton County Mosquito Control District that it found the first positive mosquito pools in Washington this year, the district said in a news release on Wednesday.

The pools were collected from the Grandview Sewage Lagoons.

The district said eight out of 10 people infected with the virus don’t get any symptoms. About one in five people infected develop a fever, headache, body aches, joint pain, vomiting, diarrhea, or rash.

Around one in 150 people infected get a severe illness that affects the central nervous system and results in encephalitis or meningitis. People over the age of 60 and people with conditions such as cancer, diabetes, hypertension, or kidney disease have a greater risk of getting a serious illness. The district said if you get these symptoms, contact your healthcare provider.

“While so far this year there have been no human or animal cases of West Nile virus in Washington, it is crucial to follow preventative measures to avoid West Nile virus,” said the Yakima Health District.

There is no vaccine to prevent the virus but people can take steps to avoid getting bitten. Those measures include:

  • Use an Environmental Protection Agency registered insect repellant and follow the instructions.
  • Wear loose-fitting, long-sleeved shirts and pants when outside, particularly at dawn and dusk when mosquitos are most active.
  • Use a screen on windows and doors.
  • Stop mosquitos from laying eggs in or near water by eliminating breeding sites. Breedings sites are areas of water like buckets, rain gutters, old tires, bird baths, ponds, or anywhere where water collects. Throw out or cover items that hold hot water.


MyNorthwest News

Photo: A law enforcement vehicle's lights....

James Lynch

SPD: Armed good Samaritan saves pregnant woman from attacker

Seattle police said an armed good Samaritan came to the rescue of a woman during a domestic violence incident and shot her attacker.

8 hours ago

NAACP kamala harris...

Sam Campbell

‘It’s about time’: NAACP leader in WA applauds possibility of Harris as presidential nominee

NAACP members reportedly scrambled to regroup following President Joe Biden’s sudden withdrawal from the race on Sunday.

12 hours ago

hit-and-run lake city...

Frank Sumrall, MyNorthwest; James Lynch, KIRO Newsradio

Hit-and-run in Seattle’s Lake City kills one early Monday morning

A man was killed in a hit-and-run in Seattle’s Lake City neighborhood at Northeast 125th Street and 30th Avenue Northeast Monday morning.

16 hours ago

kent kidnapping...

Frank Sumrall

Kent Police: Second attempted kidnapping in less than a week

A 911 caller contacted Kent Police July 19 after an unknown adult male reached inside a window of the caller's home and grabbed their young daughter.

18 hours ago

Photo: Detectives are investigating a Seattle drive-by shooting that happened early Saturday mornin...

Julia Dallas

Seattle police: Woman shot in both hands in early morning drive-by shooting

Detectives are investigating a Seattle drive-by shooting that happened early Saturday morning. A woman was shot in her hands.

1 day ago

Photo: President Joe Biden delivers remarks on the 75th anniversary of NATO at the Andrew W. Mellon...

MyNorthwest and KIRO Newsradio staff

‘Bring it on:’ Washington officials react to Biden dropping out of the race

Washington officials have reacted to President Joe Biden dropping out of the 2024 presidential election.

2 days ago

Warning issued after West Nile virus detected in Yakima County mosquitos