- Associated Press - Thursday, October 8, 2015

SEATTLE (AP) - State health officials say there were 22 cases of West Nile virus in humans this season and one death. That’s about double the total number of cases last year.

Health officials believe people were exposed to the virus in central Washington in all the reported cases.

Thirty-five horses were also infected with the virus, with 15 that died or were euthanized.

Health officials say now is the time to reduce the mosquito habitat around their homes by draining swimming pools, dumping out buckets and bird baths and making sure gutters are clean and rain easily.

Avoiding mosquito bites is the best prevention for West Nile virus.

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