Two more Wash. West Nile virus cases confirmed

A Benton County woman is the second Washington resident to be infected with West Nile virus without leaving the state.  The woman in her 50s was hospitalized.  Another travel-related case has also been confirmed -- a teenage boy who lives in Clark County.

Test results were confirmed at the Washington State Public Health Laboratories in Shoreline, bringing the total 2012 West Nile virus case count in Washington to four.

Avoiding mosquito bites is the best prevention for West Nile virus, and the state Department of Health recommends using an effective mosquito repellent when mosquitoes are active.