Imbler Area Tests Positive For West Nile Virus

On August 23, 2016, the Union County Vector Control and Center for Human Development (CHD) Public Health Services were notified that a mosquito pool sample collected by Union County Vector Control in the Imbler area has tested positive for the West Nile virus (WNv).

West Nile is spread to humans through the bite of an infected mosquito. Most infected people will show little or no signs of disease. About 1 in 5 infected people may show signs of West Nile fever. People at risk include those individuals over 50 years of age, people with immune compromising conditions, or those people with diabetes and high blood pressure. Symptoms may include fever above 100ºF AND 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. The fever syndrome may last from a few days to several weeks. The incubation period is usually 2-14 days.

With the arrival of West Nile, it is important to reduce mosquito breeding opportunities and to protect ourselves and our families from mosquito bites. The following are suggestions for protection:

Screen doors and windows should fit tightly. Repair or replace screens that have tears or holes.

Wear long pants, long-sleeve shirts and other protective clothing when outside.

Eliminate all sources of standing water that can support mosquito breeding such as clogged gutters, untreated swimming pools, buckets, empty cans or bottles, birdbaths, coolers, and tires.

Avoid playing or working outside at dawn and dusk, when mosquitoes are most productive.

Use repellant, preferably one that contains DEET, Picaridin or Oil of Lemon Eucalyptus, is advised. Follow label directions carefully. Never apply DEET directly to children or put it on children’s hands. Apply repellant first to your own hands and then onto the child. Do not use oil of lemon eucalyptus on children under age three. All repellants should be used according to the label.

For more information access the following resources:

State of Oregon

Center for Disease Control & Prevention

Source: Elkhorn Media Group

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