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West Nile Virus detected in Irrigon, Oregon

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IRRIGON, Or. -- West Nile virus, a mild flu-like disease spread by mosquitoes, has been reported to have been found at a site near Irrigon, Morrow County, according to Oregon Public Health officials.

Health officials are advising people in Morrow County to take precautions against mosquitoes in order to avoid the risk of infection. "The risk of contracting West Nile virus is low but we do encourage people to take appropriate precautions to protect themselves against mosquito bites," said Dr. Emilio DeBess, state public health veterinarian.

 This is the first case of West Nile virus in the State of Oregon in 2010.

Washington State and California have had WNV mosquito activity since early summer.

Mosquito pools testing positive in any area could lead to human as well as animal infection so health officials recommend mosquito bite protection especially in the evening hours.

Mosquito traps are set at night in various locations throughout the county.  The trapped insects are sorted by species and tested for West Nile virus.