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First West Nile virus case this year reported

 

September 4, 2019



A human case of West Nile virus (WNV) has been reported by Benton-Franklin Health District—the first case of WNV in Washington this year. Health officials advise people to take action to avoid being bitten by mosquitoes as WNV is currently circulating in several counties in Washington. In addition to the human case, who was likely exposed to mosquito bites in Franklin or Walla Walla County, WNV has been detected this summer in mosquitos from Benton, Grant, and Yakima counties. In past years, WNV has been detected across the state. In Washington, WNV season starts as early as July and can last until early October.

The majority of people infected with West Nile virus do not get sick. Abou...



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