More West Nile Virus found in Grant County

Print Article

MOSES LAKE — Health officials with Grant County have found more mosquitoes infected with West Nile Virus in and around Moses Lake.

According to the Grand County Health District, West Nile Virus “has been identified in 13 mosquito samples collected primarily from the greater Moses Lake area by Grant Mosquito Control District No. 1.”

Grant County has two mosquito control districts. District 1 includes all of Moses Lake, though it extends far beyond the city to include much of the southeast of Grant County.

The second district includes Coulee City and Electric City, as well as surrounding areas.

While there is no countywide mosquito-trapping program, nothing outside the two specialty districts, the health district said one infected mosquito was found in Wilson Creek, “the first detection of (West Nile Virus) in that area since surveillance started there in 2014.”

So health official’s suspect infected mosquitoes are present countywide.

So far this year, no one has gotten sick with West Nile Virus in Grant County. However, detection of the virus in mosquitoes means there is a risk.

“West Nile virus has been found in Grant County for over a decade, so this is not a new problem for us. It is still important that everyone continue taking steps to prevent mosquito bites,” said Amber McCoy, lead environmental health specialist for the Grant County Health District.

Almost two weeks ago, Grant County Health District officials reported finding a single mosquito infected with West Nile Virus near the intersection of I-90 and Dodson Road.

While most people who get infected with West Nile Virus don’t get sick, the disease can lead to serious neurological problems and even death in some.

The Health District states that the best way to avoid exposure to West Nile Virus is to not get bitten by a mosquito in the first place. Stay indoors at dawn and dusk, when mosquitoes are most active, wear long sleeves when outside, use mosquito repellent, and clean up or eliminate places of standing water where mosquitoes can breed.

Print Article

Read More Local News

Thieme says good-bye to company he founded in the mid-60s

January 17, 2018 at 5:00 am | The Royal Register Othello-based Evergreen Implement is being bought by Fargo, North Dakota-based RDO Equipment, the largest independent John Deere retailer in the United States. “I’ve been in business 52 years, I’m 8...

Comments

Read More

Annual chamber banquet slated for February

January 16, 2018 at 11:44 am | The Royal Register The Othello Chamber of Commerce is inviting all to “Cowboy Up” with them for the 2017 Annual Chamber Awards Banquet on Feb. 23. During the banquet, awards for civil servant, business, and citizen of...

Comments

Read More

The cost of doing business, recreating in Othello is going up

January 15, 2018 at 5:00 am | The Royal Register The Othello City Council on Monday voted unanimously to raise a host of fees ranging from building permits to fees charged to use the city’s pool and parks. “There have been no increases in park and...

Comments

Read More

Bond proposal discussed at community meeting

January 14, 2018 at 5:00 am | The Royal Register School overcrowding, school construction funding and what happens if Othello keeps growing were among the subjects discussed at a community forum sponsored by the Othello School Board Monday night. ...

Comments

Read More

Contact Us

509-770-1227
705 E. Hemlock (downstairs)
Othello, WA 99344

©2018 Sun Tribune Terms of Use Privacy Policy
X
X