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By Brandon Cline
Reporter 

West Nile virus creeping closer to county

 


The West Nile virus carried by mosquitoes has been detected in Yakima County for the first time in 2017, according to the Benton County Mosquito Control District (BCMCD).

“For the first time this season we have confirmed West Nile virus in our mosquito samples,” said the BCMCD in a Facebook post on June 29. “The mosquitoes were collected south of the Yakima River near Grandview. We have treated the area, and will continue to monitor it.”

Nine cases of the West Nile virus in Washington state were reported in people in 2016. According to the BCMCD, about one in 150 people infected with the West Nile virus will develop serious illness.

Since the announcement, Benton County officials...



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