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Yakima Co. Bird Tests Positive for West Nile

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YAKIMA, Wash. - Another test has come back positive for West Nile Virus in Yakima County, this time it's a magpie that's infected.

It's the first bird infected in the state this year.  Yakima County Health District's Gordon Kelly says they usually see West Nile cases around this time. T he bird was found near the D.O.T. office in Union Gap.

This latest case comes after three horses were confirmed positive last week.  So far, no human cases have been reported in Yakima County, and Kelly says there's no reason to worry.

"The nature of West Nile Virus is it's a fairly mild disease." he says.  "20% of people only have symptoms.  Out of that, only 1 in 150 have anything serious.  The fatality rate is even less than that."

To protect yourself, you should still cover up when you go outside, and use mosquito repellent. The mosquito season isn't over until the first frost.  You can also get your horses vaccinated against the disease.

Kelly says they're waiting for confirmation on a fifth horse, but preliminary results are positive.