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West Nile Virus Detected in Aberdeen

ABERDEEN, Wash. – The Grays Harbor County Health Department announced the first detection of the  West Nile Virus in a bird in Grays Harbor County has been detected in a dead crow, found in Aberdeen.

Dr. John Bausher, the County’s Health Officer said "West Nile Virus has been detected in mosquitoes, birds, and horses all over Washington State, we have a good surveillance system in place and it worked exactly as it was supposed to."

So far there have been no confirmed cases of the virus in humans in Grays Harbor County, the risk of West Nile Virus in humans is low but residents are encouraged to take precautions such as removing basins for standing water on property, avoiding outdoor activity at dusk and dawn when mosquitoes are most active, and using repellants that contain DEET, as well as securing screen doors and windows to ensure they are working properly.

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