Two Human Cases of West Nile Virus In Washington State
YAKIMA, Wash.-- State health officials have confirmed two cases of West Nile Virus in humans, and one of them is from Yakima.
The health department says a Pierce County woman in her 70's was likely exposed while traveling out of state, while a 35-year-old Yakima man was bit right here in Yakima County.
These are first human cases in the state since 2010 and the first in Yakima County since 22 people were infected in 2009.
The Yakima man was treated at a local hospital for serious symptoms and is now recovering at home, but the virus can sometimes have fatal consequences.
"It can infect anyone. And I think the real concerning issue is that it can be life threatening. And that's why you do not want to get West Nile Virus," said Marianne Patnode with the Yakima Health District.
The health district says there are several ways to reduce your chance of getting bit; stay inside during dawn and dusk hours when mosquitoes are most active, try to wear long sleeves and pants, use bug repellant, and get rid of any standing water.
Luckily, compared to other states this year, we've seen very little West Nile activity. In Texas for example at least 43 people have already died from the virus.