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A Sunnyside woman's death is being investigated, could be West Nile Virus

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YAKIMA, Wash.- A Sunnyside woman's death is being investigated. Doctors say it could be linked to the West Nile Virus.

There are already 20 cases of the virus this year. Eight of those are confirmed and the rest are pending.

Health employees say this is the most Central Washington has ever seen.

The virus is only transmitted through the bite of a mosquito but nurses say West Nile Virus is common until the temperatures are freezing.

Until then, health employees say there are active ways to stay safe.

"Look around your house in any pools of water, flower pots...make sure you empty them out every so often so you keep mosquitoes from growing," said Laura Charters, a health environmental specialist.

Nurses also suggest wearing long sleeves and pants if you are outdoors at dawn or dusk. Wearing bug repellent is also important. West Nile Virus symptoms are similar to that of a cold: headache, sinus infection, and a fever.
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