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.
Public Health Advisory-West Nile virus In Yakima County Mosquitoes