West Nile virus Activity continues in Baker County

By on Monday, August 23rd, 2021 in Eastern/Southeast Oregon News More Top Stories

BAKER CITY –(Information provided by Baker Valley Vector Control District)  West Nile virus has been detected in mosquitoes from a Baker Valley Vector Control District testing site approximately 4 miles north of Baker City. Additionally, mosquitoes from a US Fish & Wildlife testing site approximately 6 miles east of Keating Valley tested positive for West Nile virus. Mosquitoes were tested at Oregon State University’s Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory

Baker County residents are advised to take precautions against mosquitos. West Nile virus is spread to humans through the bite of an infected mosquito. Most infected people will show little or no signs of disease. Consult your health care provider if you have flu-like symptoms. Health care providers can contact the Baker County Health Department for information on West Nile virus testing.

Baker Valley Vector Control District offers these tips for protecting yourself against mosquitoes:

Eliminate sources of standing water that are a breeding ground for mosquitoes.

Protect yourself by using mosquito repellants containing DEET, oil of lemon eucalyptus or Picardin, and follow the directions on the container.

Wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants in mosquito-infested areas.

Make sure screen doors and windows are in good repair and fit tightly.

Additional information about West Nile virus: 

Oregon Health Authority website: http://public.health.oregon.gov/DiseasesConditions/DiseasesAZ/WestNileVirus/Pages/survey.aspx

U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:

http://www.cdc.gov/ncidod/dvbid/westnile/ index.htm