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West Nile Virus Found in Mosquitoes in Franklin County

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PASCO, Washington - The Franklin County Mosquito Control District says a fifth pool of mosquitoes has now tested positive for West Nile Virus in Franklin County this season. 

The district traps and tests mosquito pools throughout the county to test for the virus on a weekly basis. This pool was collected one mile northeast of Basin City. 

"While mosquito populations are beginning to decrease, this is the time of year West Nile virus is most prevalent.  If you have to be outside during times of peak mosquito activity, we recommend that you wear long sleeve shirts and pants, as well as insect repellent containing DEET." said David Dorsett, the Franklin County Mosquito Control District Director. 

Dorsett says the district will be conducting aerial and ground treatments over the area where the pool was collected for the remainder of the mosquito season.

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