Franklin County woman tests positive for West Nile virus


Last updated 8/12/2021 at 9:14am

KENNEWICK – A Franklin County woman is the first to be infected with West Nile virus this summer in the area.

The woman, in her 50s, lives in Franklin County, but works in Benton County and has traveled to Walla Walla, Benton Franklin Health District officials said.

The virus was detected during routine screening when she went to donate blood, officials said. She didn't have any symptoms.

“Most cases of West Nile virus are mild,” Benton Franklin Heath Officer Dr. Amy Person said. “However, serious illness and death are also possible. That’s why we urge people to take precautions t...

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