BAKER CITY — West Nile virus continues to be active in Baker County. Five pools of mosquitoes collected from trapping sites in the vicinity of Keating Valley, and one pool of mosquitoes from a trapping site two miles south of Baker City tested positive for the virus.
This brings the total to fifteen mosquito pools to test positive for the virus this year. The 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:
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: