No cases of West Nile yet, but don't forget about mosquitoes
KENNEWICK, Wash.-- Mosquito season is in full swing, but so far there haven't been any confirmed cases of West Nile Virus in the Pacific Northwest. The Washington State Department of Health's website lists 0 cases for humans, 0 cases for birds, and 0 cases for horses.
However, that doesn't mean you can let your guard down. The Benton-Franklin Health District says mosquitoes can grow rapidly in this heat. They also say West Nile is unpredictable, there could be no cases this year or there could be an outbreak of cases.
The District has a few tips: First, remove any standing water around your house. Susan Shelton, with the Benton Franklin Health District explains, "Mosquitoes only need a couple cups of water, so a bucket or a toy that's filled up with some irrigation water or potential rain water, that sits there for at least 5 days is enough to grow hundreds of mosquitoes."
Also, try to avoid being outside at dawn and dusk, when mosquitoes are most active, and wear bug spray. Horses can also get West Nile, so don't forget to get your horses vaccinated and/or make sure they have their annual booster.