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West Nile Virus Detected in Medford

West Nile DetectedMEDFORD, Ore. – West Nile Virus has been detected in a batch of mosquitoes collected earlier this month in Medford.

It is the first case of West Nile found in Jackson County this year. Officials with Vector Control said the virus was detected from a single pool of trapped mosquitoes, taken August 16 near Bear Creek. There have been no reported cases in humans.

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 say 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 2012, 2008, 2007, 2006 and 2005.