SEVERE WX : High Wind Warning - Wind Advisory - Winter Weather Advisory View Alerts

West Nile Virus found in Jackson County mosquitoes

Mosquitoes collected earlier this month east of White City tested positive for the virus, according to Jackson County's vector control district.

Posted: Aug 25, 2020 4:04 PM

WHITE CITY, Ore. — Mosquitoes within Jackson County have tested positive for West Nile virus, officials from the county's public health and vector control agencies announced on Tuesday.

The offending mosquitoes were collected east of White City on August 18. The Oregon State University laboratory in Corvallis later confirmed the presence of West Nile.

The virus spreads to humans through bites from an infected mosquito, the Jackson County Vector Control District said in a statement. About one in every five infected people show signs of West Nile fever.

“Most people who become infected with West Nile virus do not become sick. Some may develop mild flu-like symptoms such as fever, headache, body aches, and occasionally swollen lymph glands or rash. In some cases, West Nile may cause encephalitis, or inflammation of the brain,” said Jackson Baures, Jackson County Public Health Division Manager. “Individuals with severe or unusual headaches should seek medical care as soon as possible.”

People at risk include people over 50 years of age, those with compromised immune systems, or those people with diabetes and high blood pressure. Symptoms may include fever above 100 degrees and a severe headache, stiff neck, mental confusion, muscle weakness, shaking, paralysis, or rash. It is important that you contact your health care provider if you experience any of these symptoms.

While infection is relatively rare, the presence of West Nile in Jackson County is not. Officials said that the virus appeared during eight of the last fifteen years, though it hasn't been detected since 2015. The last known human West Nile infection in Jackson County was in 2005.

The staff at the Jackson County Vector Control District says it has increased surveillance and control measures within the district in response to the increased public health threat.

“With warm temperatures expected the rest of this week, we encourage people to take appropriate precautions to protect themselves from mosquito bites,” said Taylor.

Taylor offered the following suggestions to reduce the risk of exposure to West Nile virus:

  • Eliminate all sources of standing water that can be a breeding ground for biting mosquitoes, such as flooded fields, watering troughs, birdbaths, wading pools, clogged gutters and old tires. If it holds water for 7 days, it can produce mosquitoes.
  • Stock water troughs and ornamental ponds with mosquito fish, available free at the District Office.
  • Avoid outdoor activities at dusk and dawn when mosquitoes are most active.
  • Wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants when in mosquito infested areas.
  • Use mosquito repellents containing DEET, Oil of Lemon Eucalyptus, IR3535 or Picaridin, making sure to follow the directions on the container.
  • Make sure all screen doors and windows are in good repair and fit tightly.

Oregon Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 154554

Reported Deaths: 2204
CountyCasesDeaths
Multnomah31785528
Washington21060212
Marion18335285
Clackamas13310175
Lane10172126
Jackson8299111
Umatilla763181
Deschutes591859
Yamhill375964
Linn356556
Malheur334358
Polk302942
Klamath277455
Douglas242853
Benton231816
Josephine231649
Jefferson195028
Coos142519
Union127519
Columbia124321
Wasco122026
Lincoln112820
Hood River106329
Morrow104414
Clatsop7756
Crook77518
Baker6487
Curry4166
Tillamook4122
Lake3746
Harney2726
Grant2221
Wallowa1424
Gilliam531
Sherman530
Wheeler221
Unassigned00

California Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 3554629

Reported Deaths: 51395
CountyCasesDeaths
Los Angeles118754221106
Riverside2891853749
San Bernardino2853342673
Orange2603483889
San Diego2589823260
Santa Clara1098411765
Kern102627811
Fresno947941412
Sacramento929441464
Alameda800881224
Ventura77238834
San Joaquin665691082
Contra Costa62164674
Stanislaus55775944
Tulare47784746
Monterey42138327
San Mateo38763515
San Francisco34061398
Santa Barbara31763407
Solano29968164
Merced28915395
Sonoma27954298
Imperial26843589
Kings21951218
Placer19713231
San Luis Obispo19612227
Madera15390209
Santa Cruz14588183
Marin13136197
Yolo12760185
Shasta10944174
Butte10915160
El Dorado9095100
Napa897668
Sutter884597
San Benito574359
Yuba573336
Lassen560119
Tehama508152
Tuolumne394659
Nevada393274
Mendocino379643
Amador344441
Humboldt316033
Lake313440
Glenn221023
Colusa212813
Calaveras190547
Siskiyou174014
Inyo128736
Mono12114
Del Norte9875
Plumas6536
Modoc4524
Mariposa3947
Trinity3675
Sierra990
Alpine810
Unassigned00
Medford
Cloudy
41° wxIcon
Hi: 43° Lo: 35°
Feels Like: 36°
Brookings
Cloudy
43° wxIcon
Hi: 44° Lo: 36°
Feels Like: 39°
Medford
Cloudy
41° wxIcon
Hi: 25° Lo: 17°
Feels Like: 36°
Medford
Cloudy
41° wxIcon
Hi: 44° Lo: 33°
Feels Like: 36°
Klamath Falls
Partly Cloudy
31° wxIcon
Hi: 34° Lo: 25°
Feels Like: °
Wetter and windy Friday
KDRV Radar
KDRV Fire Danger
KDRV Weather Cam

Community Events