Richland Man infected with West Nile Virus, 4th in the State
BENTON COUNTY, WA - A man in the Tri-Cities is now the fourth person in Washington State to have contracted the west nile virus.
The Benton-Franklin Health District says the man from Richland was likely exposed in Benton County.
An unvaccinated horse in Franklin County also tested positive for the virus earlier this month.
The health department says nearly three dozen mosquito samples have tested positive for west nile in southeastern Washington this year, which is more than the past three years combined.
Experts say the best ways to avoid mosquito bites is to stay inside at dawn and dusk, have screens on all windows and doors, frequently change out or dump any standing water near your home, dress in long sleeves and pants when mosquitoes are around and wear an approved insect repellent when outdoors.