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First Case Of West Nile Virus In Washington Found In Our Region

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RICHLAND, Wash.-- Prancer may be a show horse but on Thursday, July 17th, she was all camera hog.

The afternoon was bath time but also protection time with one known reported case of West Nile in the state found by the Benton and Yakima county borders. Many horse owners like Rachel are concerned for their animals.

"Well we vaccinate the horses twice a year, and they get the West Nile booster," said Rachel Gotz, a horse owner at the Richland Riders Club.

Horses aren't the only ones exposed to West Nile virus, people are too. People outdoors must wear long sleeves and pants, and always have bug spray.

"Look for when you're outside at times of day, mosquitoes bite primarily between dusk, which is early evening all the way up until dawn, so if you're out during those times of the day you're going to want to take extra precautions ," said Susan Shelton, with the Benton County Health Department.

Mosquitoe control is already busy spraying high weeds and standing water, it's important for you to know when and where mosquitoes are active in our area.

"Looking around your property and making sure that you get rid of the water that's standing by your property, look around the small little pools that gather water, make sure they change every week," said Shelton.

Remembering the mosquitoe prone times and places, will help keep you and equine equally protected.

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