TALENT, Ore. – For the first time in five years, mosquitoes are testing positive for West Nile Virus in Southern Oregon. The mosquitoes were found in Talent alongside the Bear Creek pathway.
Vector Control says crews were out here Tuesday morning, fogging and looking for the source of these small creatures. West Nile Virus causes a mild flu like symptoms and is spread by mosquitoes.
Vector Control says they test fifty mosquitoes at a time and have already tested over 12,000 mosquitoes so far this year. This batch has been the only to test positive. Health officials say the illness can be hard to detect 80% of infected people show no symptoms at all. Jackson County Health says they have only had two cases in the county detected in humans since 2004.
Health officials say they have contacted local physicians to be on alert for common symptoms. They advise residents to wear mosquito repellant, keep doors shut, and most importantly get rid of any standing water. Vector Control says they will continue to test for infected insects to make sure there aren’t any other areas that need their attention.