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Dangerous mosquitoes in peak season


With an unusually cool spring with anticipated heat soon to come, health officials in Washington State are warning this year could have a major mosquito season.

Mosquitos started surfacing in force in this area in early May, and people are feeling the bites.

Not only a nuisance, mosquitoes can pose a serious health threat to people. Disease can be spread to people through the bite of an infected mosquito. Over 40 different mosquito species can be found in Washington, and many are vectors for diseases, such as West Nile virus, western equine encephalitis and St. Louis encephalitis.

In the past, sporadic outbreaks of western equine encephalitis and St. Louis encephalitis had occurred in Was...

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