West Nile Virus has been detected in mosquitoes collected from August 12 south of White City. Jim Lunders from the Jackson County Vector Control District said today that an Oregon State University lab confirmed the result today. This is the second detection of West Nile in Jackson County this year. Baker, Klamath, Union and Morrow counties have also found West Nile in mosquito samples.
West Nile Virus has been found in Jackson County in 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2012 and 2013. The last human case was in 2005.
Jackson Baures of Jackson County Public Health says most people who become infected with West Nile do not become sick. Some may develop flu-like symptoms such as headaches, body aches, and occasional swollen lymph glands. In some cases, West Nile will cause encephalitis or inflammation of the brain. Baures adds that people suffering with unusual or severe headaches should seek medical attention as soon as possible.
Lunders is encouraging anyone who finds sick or dead birds to call Jackson County Vector Control District at (541) 826-2199.