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June 29, 2017 12:00 PM

Public Health Advisory-West Nile virus In Yakima County Mosquitoes

West Nile virus has been found in mosquitoes from Yakima County – the first confirmed detection this year. Health officials advise people to take action to avoid being bitten by mosquitoes and to eliminate mosquito-friendly breeding areas.

WNV Transmission Prevention: A few simple actions can protect against mosquito bites.
· Use an effective, EPA-registered insect repellent.
· Cover up - wear long sleeves, long pants, and socks when outdoors.
· Avoid mosquito prime time. Many mosquitoes bite in the evening between dusk and dawn.
· Eliminate mosquito-breeding areas around your home by emptying standing water from flowerpots, gutters, buckets, pool covers, pet water dishes, discarded tires, and birdbaths on a regular basis.
· Ensure that screen doors and windows fit tightly. Repair or replace screens that have tears or holes.
· Vaccinate any horses you own or care for against West Nile Virus.
· Bug zappers, sonic devices, and mosquito traps have not been shown to reduce the risk of West Nile Virus infection.

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June 29, 2017 11:59 AM

Public Health Advisory-West Nile virus In Yakima County Mosquitoes