West Nile virus detected in mosquitoes

Tests find West Nile Virus in two samples of mosquitoes collected in Yakima County.

The results are the first sign that the virus is active in Washington State this year -- almost a month earlier than in previous years.

State health officials warn people who spend time outdoors, either at dawn or dush when mosquitoes are most active, to use bug repellent with DEET, wear long pants and a long sleeve shirt to protect themselves against mosquito bites.

Getting rid of standing or stagnant water from cans, flower pots and other containers also reduces mosquito habitats around homes and businesses.