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Taking Steps to Prevent West Nile Virus

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GOLDENDALE, Wash.- The Northwest is safer from west nile virus because the biggest tire pile in Washington is finally getting cleaned up.

Garbage tires are known to be a breeding ground for mosquitoes that could carry the west nile virus.

The state is cleaning up nearly 2.5 million tires that were stashed in goldendale over the past two decades.

They've been allowed to collect water where millions have mosquitoes have layed their eggs.

Those bugs could carry west nile, but with the pile disappearing, it means they'll have to find new homes and leaves the northwest safer from west nile.

"You can see that the tires are wet when we you shred them, um, so that is a , that is a negative side of it, there are, there are bugs," Marty Yoder, who manages the cleanup.

Health officials fear the virus could be more active than ever this summer.

Last summer, an oregon man became the first victim in the Northwest to die from the virus.