Mosquitoes test positive for West Nile virus in Kennewick and Richland

West Nile virus has been detected for the first time this year in a mosquito sample in Kennewick and Richland, informed the Benton County Mosquito Control District on Thursday.

The district said that the samples of mosquitoes collected from Kennewick’s Rancho Reata region tested positive for the virus on Wednesday. On the other hand, another sample of mosquitoes from Richland’s Jubilee Street tested positive for the virus as well.

In the month of July, mosquitoes gathered from West Richland as well as Bateman Island were discovered carrying the West Nile virus.

Grant and Benton counties are the two counties in Washington reported infected with the virus this year. The virus is found just in mosquitoes, with no records of horses, birds or people infected.

West Nile virus risk continues to remain high for the Tri-City region residents till the time the mosquitoes ward off after this year’s 1st hard frost.

The virus could transmit to people via mosquito bite. Most of the people infected with West Nile virus don’t experience any symptoms, but around 1 in 5 would develop symptoms which include aches, fever as well as a rash.

Of 150 people, one infected experiences serious illness that can result in permanent damage to his/her nervous system or can even be deadly.

Airplane spraying insecticide: 

The district utilized one fogging truck in order to kill the mosquitoes carrying the virus in the Kennewick’s Rancho Reata region on Wednesday. It planned on sending an airplane on Thursday to spray insecticide along Richland’s Keene Road, located close to Jubilee Street as well as many other regions in West Richland, Richland, Mabton and Benton City.

Precautionary measures:

The Health and Mosquito Control Districts of the tri-city region has recommended people to take precautionary steps like staying indoors if possible during the prime biting time of mosquito, wearing long-sleeve clothing, pants in mosquito-populated area, keeping windows and doors shut, especially during night time among others.