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West Nile Detected in Jackson County

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MEDFORD, Ore. – West Nile Virus has been detected for the second time this year in Jackson County.

This time it was found in a batch of mosquitoes collected last week south of White City.

Vector Control workers have already sprayed the affected area. Health officials are asking people to take steps to avoid the virus. Stagnant water, including rain barrels, birdbaths, or buckets containing water for more than seven days should be dumped, because it can be a breeding ground for the insects. People should wear mosquito repellant and wear long pants and long sleeves in areas where mosquitoes are present.

Health officials said most people who become infected with West Nile either do not become sick, or develop mild symptoms like a fever or body aches. In rare cases, the virus can cause inflammation of the brain, and people who have severe or unusual headaches should seek immediate medical help.

West Nile was also detected in Jackson County in 2013, 2012, 2008, 2007, 2006 and 2005.  Nationally, the last human case was detected was in 2005.