Oneida County resident tests positive for West Nile Virus

West Nile virus found in Mitchell

West Nile is transmitted to people by infected mosquitoes, with one in five people infected by the virus experiencing symptoms such as fever, headache, joint pain, vomiting, and diarrhea.

There has been one human confirmed case of West Nile virus in Pierce County so far this year, and 10 positive tests in mosquitoes, with nine of those in Yakima County, according to the Washington Department of Health.

West Nile virus will continue to be a concern until the arrival of autumn or the first frost, he said.

Symptoms of West Nile usually develop between two and 15 days after being bitten, and not everyone bitten will show symptoms, officials said. Since then there have been four human cases - all in the Okanagan.

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People older than 50 are most at risk for WNV infection as are those with weakened immune systems. Identify and remove potential breeding areas on your property - empty saucers under flowerpots; change water in bird baths twice a week; unclog rain gutters; drain tarps, tires, and other debris where rain water may collect; and install a pump in ornamental ponds or stock them with fish.

Avoid outdoor activities at dusk and dawn. Stagnant backyard pools can be a big source of mosquitoes and should be maintained regularly to prevent mosquito growth.

The county is encouraging residents to drain standing water around their properties, to use mosquito repellant when venturing outdoors, and to wear long trousers and sleeves, especially during peak hours at dawn and dusk.

Use insect repellents containing DEET, carefully following application instructions and never spraying it directly on a child.