KENNEWICK, Wash.- The Benton Franklin Health District says people in the Columbia Basin might be at a greater risk of catching the west nile virus this summer.
Recent warm weather and flooding could lead to more mosquitoes in our area.
The insects carry the virus after biting a sick bird and can transfer it to humans, horses and many other animals.
The health district is asking people to call in from now until August if they see a dead bird.
The Benton Franklin Health District says if you see a dead crow, raven, magpie, hawk, or owl call 509-460-hawk right away.