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Active West Nile Virus Season Coming to an End in Washington

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OLYMPIA, WA -- The West Nile virus season is slowing down, but cases of illness in horses continue to be reported in central Washington. No cases of West Nile virus disease in humans with exposure in Washington have been reported since mid-September. This year’s mosquito season brought significant West Nile virus activity, but as the temperatures drop, mosquito populations decline and mosquito monitoring by health officials is coming to an end.

According to the Washington State Department of Health, 22 people have been reported with West Nile Virus illness and one person dies from the infection. Washington was the hot spot in the country this year for West Nile Virus in horses. "35 horses and have been infected with the virus. out of the 35 horses, 15 died or were euthanized." said the Washington State Department of Health.  

Now is a good time for people to reduce mosquito habitat by removing items that hold stagnant water around your home and yard. Put away unused toys, drain swimming pools, dump out buckets, flower pots, and bird baths, and make sure gutters are clean and drain easily. Water that has collected in items such as these may still have mosquito larvae growing in them. Another tip is to prevent tarps from holding water when covering firewood, boats, or outdoor furniture. Taking these precautions will help keep mosquitoes away from your home and their populations lower next spring.