This can't be good news. In the way-back section of the Sunday Post, we find the report that local (Northern Virginia) mosquitoes are definitely carrying West Nile virus. In addition to the few human cases in the state, it turns out that seventy-seven horses have tested positive for West Nile virus in Virginia this year.
West Nile seems to be a multi-species opportunist, because the same blurb reports that a flock of emus died (the one tested had the virus) down in Stafford County. I already knew about the crows and chickens, but horses and emus??
I guess we would do well to recall that Washington has a long history of being a fever-plagued swamp.