Baker County West Nile virus Activity as of 9/20/2023
Mosquito Pools Tested: 326
Positive Mosquitoes: 29
Positive Birds: 0
Human Cases: 1
For Immediate Release: 9/1/23
Protect Yourself From Mosquito Bites This Labor Day Weekend
Baker City, Ore.—West Nile virus continues to be detected in mosquitoes in Baker County. Five more samples from various trap sites tested positive for the virus. While you are out enjoying Labor Day weekend, Baker Valley Vector Control District would like to encourage everyone to protect themselves from mosquito bites. Follow these tips to protect yourselves 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.
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.
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: