WHITE CITY, Ore. – West Nile virus has been found in mosquitos in Jackson County.
Jackson County Vector Control said the virus was detected from samples taken near White City on August 4.
West Nile virus has been detected for years in the county, with the last known local human case of the disease occurring in 2005.
“Most people who become infected with West Nile virus do not become sick. Some may develop mild flu-like symptoms such as fever, headache, body aches, and occasionally swollen lymph glands or rash. In some cases, West Nile may cause encephalitis, or inflammation of the brain,” said Jackson Baures, Jackson County Public Health Division Manager, “individuals with severe or unusual headaches should seek medical care as soon as possible.
The District says the positive test is an early indicator due to the extended heat wave throughout the state. It provided the following suggestions below to limit the risk:
- Eliminate all sources of standing water that can be a breeding ground for biting mosquitoes, such as flooded fields, watering troughs, birdbaths, wading pools, clogged gutters and old tires. If it holds water for 7 days, it can produce mosquitoes.
- Stock water troughs, unused swimming pools and ornamental ponds with mosquito fish, available free at the District Office.
- Avoid outdoor activities at dusk and dawn when mosquitoes are most active.
- Wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants when in mosquito infested areas.
- Use mosquito repellents containing DEET, Oil of Lemon Eucalyptus, IR3535 or Picaridin, making sure to follow the directions on the container.
- Make sure all screen doors and windows are in good repair and fit tightly.
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