West Nile Virus

WASHINGTON – West Nile Virus has been identified in mosquito samples in the District of Columbia.

D.C. Health officials say residents should take precautions to avoid contracting the disease.

While the risk of infection is low and the virus generally doesn’t cause significant symptoms, West Nile can be dangerous to older people and those with compromised immune systems.

Those more susceptible to the virus are encouraged to stay inside when mosquitoes are active, or to wear long pants and long sleeves and use insect repellent.

The virus was found in mosquito samples in the north Cleveland Park and Woodley Park-Adams Morgan areas, but health officials say that doesn’t mean West Nile won’t pop up elsewhere.

The virus is commonly found in mosquitoes in the mid-Atlantic region in the summer months.