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West Nile Threat Not Affecting Campers

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ASHLAND, Ore. — There were no empty campsites at Emigrant Lake on the first day of Labor Day weekend.

“Well, I started a little of a week ago last Thursday and I’m just trying to take as much advantage of the summer as I can,” said camper Yancey Savage of Medford.

Savage said he reserved his campsite seven months ago. Recent reports of mosquitos testing positive for West Nile Virus in Talent weren’t enough to make him think twice.

“You hear about it, it’s spreading, ‘it’s coming this way,’ it sounds like,” Savage said. “But still, it doesn’t sound like the chances are very high of getting anything,”

Emigrant Lake Park Ranger Jason Thornton says although the virus was found in Jackson County, there is no reason to assume it can be found at Emigrant Lake.

“Right now we don’t have a lot of standing water at all being so hot. So it hasn’t been an issue out here. I don’t know if I’ve seen a mosquito out at Emigrant Lake this year, I haven’t been bitten anyway” said Thornton.

Savage says he hasn’t had much of a problem with the insects either.

“I haven’t seen very many mosquitos up here. Two nights ago, I got about three bites but that was about it,” said Savage.