East Medford mosquito tests positive for West Nile Virus

MEDFORD, Ore. – Jackson County Vector Control says West Nile Virus has been spotted in mosquitoes in east Medford Tuesday.

This is the first detection in Jackson County this year.

Officials say last year, West Nile Virus was found in a total of eight mosquito samples between August and September.

Residents are asked to take basic precautions against mosquitoes.  West Nile Virus is spread to people through the bites of infected mosquitoes.

If you experience any flu-like symptoms, contact your health care provider.

Jackson County Vector Control District says the following can be done to protect against mosquitoes:

  • Get rid of any sources of standing water around your home
  • Avoid outdoor activities at dusk and dawn when mosquitoes are most active
  • Use mosquito repellent containing DEET, eucalyptus or lemon oil, or Picardin
  • Wear long-sleeved shirts and pants when outdoors
  • Make sure screen doors and windows are in good condition.

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Taylar Ansures is a producer and reporter for NBC5 News. Taylar is from Redding, California and went to California State University, Chico. After graduating, she joined KRCR News Channel 7 in Redding as a morning producer. She moved to Southern Oregon in 2022 to be closer to family and became KTVL News 10’s digital producer. Taylar is currently finishing her Master's Degree in Professional Creative Writing through the University of Denver. In her free time, Taylar frequents independent bookstores and explores hiking trails across Southern Oregon and Northern California.
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