Virus found in Franklin County mosquito

PASCO, Wash. (AP) — The Franklin County Mosquito Control District says West Nile virus has been detected in a mosquito trapped in the northwest part of the county on Wahluke (WAH’-look) Road.

The district says it’s spraying the area from the air and on the ground Wednesday and Thursday to kill mosquitoes.

The state Health Department says the virus has been detected in six mosquito samples this year in Washington. The previous one was earlier this month on the Fairchild Air Force Base.

The department says no people have acquired the disease in Washington, but one resident was infected out of state.

Most people bitten by an infected mosquito will have no symptoms; some may have flu-like symptoms. The virus can be serious in less than 1 percent of the people bitten. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language, racial slurs or consistent name calling will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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