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Kittitas (pronounced 'kit-i-tass') County is located in central Washington
State. It spans from the lush forested Cascade Mountains to the upper Yakima River Valley plains and
the Columbia River.
Environmental Health Specialist II
(509) 962-7009 or
The vector program monitors and controls vector borne diseases such as West Nile virus and rabies. The
sets mosquito traps around the county each West Nile Virus season to determine if the virus is present
in Kittitas County.
The health department also responds to reports of communicable disease exposure related to vectors.
This is not an inclusive list. If you are a licensed pest control operator and would like to be on this list please contact:
Melissa Schumaier 509-962-7009 firstname.lastname@example.org
Vector borne diseases are pests that may spread pathogens that can cause serious, life-altering, and
even fatal disease. Some diseases transmitted by pests include West Nile virus spread by mosquitoes,
Lyme disease by ticks, and Hantavirus by deer mice.
West Nile virus can be a serious, even fatal, illness. It can affect people, horses, certain types of
birds, and other animals.
West Nile virus is almost always spread to people by the bite of an infected mosquito. Mosquitoes become
feeding on birds that carry the virus. There is no evidence that West Nile virus can be spread by direct
contact with infected
people or animals. Most people who are infected with West Nile virus will not get sick.
Rabies is a viral disease that is most often transferred between warm blooded animals by bites or scratches
from a rabid
animal. Rabies virus infects the central nervous system causing encephalitis (inflammation of the brain).
It is almost
always fatal. Rabies may be carried by raccoons, skunks, bats and foxes. Bats are the primary carrier
of Rabies in United
States and Canada. Between 5-10% of bats submitted for testing are found to be infected. The odds of
with Rabies is extremely low. Since 1990 the number of reported cases in the United States has ranged
from one to seven
If you believe you have come in contact with an animal infected with rabies, please call 509-962-7515.
Rabies - Washington State
Department of Health
Rabies - Center for Disease Control
Rabies Fact Sheet - World Health Organization
The current number of West Nile virus cases in Kittitas County is available from the Washington State
Department of Health
Kittitas County has a total area of 2,333 square miles. The highest point in the county is Mount Daniel at 7,959 feet above sea level.