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Case of West Nile virus found in Grays Harbor woman

A Grays Harbor woman in her 50s has been infected with West Nile virus this year while traveling out of state, according to the state Department of Health.

A King County man in his 70s also acquired the virus out of state, while a Walla Walla County man in his 20s is the first known person to have been infected with West Nile virus while in the state since 2012. The man was likely exposed near his home and was hospitalized. The infection was confirmed by testing at the Washington State Public Health Laboratories in Shoreline.

So far, 34 mosquito samples have tested positive for West Nile virus in 2014, but none in Grays Harbor.

“The mosquito samples that have tested positive for West Nile virus in eastern Washington this season are a reminder that the virus is here and we should protect ourselves,” said State Health Officer Dr. Kathy Lofy. “The best prevention is to avoid mosquito bites — at home and while traveling.”