Mosquitoes Tested For West Nile Virus

WHITE CITY, Ore. — Mosquitoes are testing positive for the West Nile Virus in eastern Oregon and health officials are testing thousands here in hopes of detecting it early.

The Jackson County Vector Control District has already tested 200 mosquito pools, each pool has 50 mosquitoes. So far, no mosquitoes are testing positive, though the Vector Control is receiving more concerned calls from residents about mosquito problems.

Health officials say the hot weather is causing more mosquitoes to hatch, but if you want to keep the mosquito population under control in your pond, the Vector Control gives out free gambusia affinis fish – it’s fish that eat mosquito larvae.