BENTON COUNTY, Washington – It's Summer! This means barbecue party and outdoor fun, but also mosquito season.
This week, the Benton County Mosquito Control found a pool of mosquitoes that tested positive for the West Nile virus. That does not mean that we can not spend time outside; It just means that we should take precautions so that we are not endangered.
"Some people think that mosquitoes love them, they may be right," Dr. Amy Person, Health Representative, Benton-Franklin County Health Authority.
Mosquitoes with the ability to carry diseases like the West Nile virus love a warm, dry climate like this one in the Tri-Cities.
"We deal with the West Nile virus every year, so routine is the start of the season for us," said Angela Beehler, district manager of Benton County Mosquito Control. "We're starting to search in February and then most of our crew will arrive in April."
Benton County Mosquito Control captures and tests mosquito repellents on West Nile virus. This week they got their first positive message.
As soon as we see mosquitoes testing positive for West Nile virus, there will be a worry until we get to our first hard frost, said person.
Mosquito Control said the positive mosquitoes were found in West Richland, but they warn the whole (19659003) "The West Nile virus is now active in the area at this time of year, allowing mosquitoes to target the birds and birds will carry it from place to place, "Beehler said.
A vaccine is available for horses, but there is no human vaccine, Beehler said.
"We just want to make sure that people know it's here, take precautions, wear mosquito repellent, long sleeves, long pants, loose-fitting clothes if possible, and empty the stagnant water around their belongings all these things are real important, "Beehler said.
After mosquito control, only one out of every 150 people with one-bit mosquitoes that carry West Nile virus will show severe symptoms, but it's always important to take precautions at this time of year.