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West Nile virus (WNv) has been detected in a horse collected in Brookings Oregon on September 16, 2015. “Oregon State University Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory in Corvallis confirmed the positive horse” said Dr. Emilio E DeBess, DVM at Oregon Health Authority. WNv has never been detected in Curry co to our knowledge. To date there has been WNv reported in 9 Oregon Counties including Curry Co. 


“Most people who become infected with WNv do not become sick.  Some may develop mild flu-like symptoms such as fever, headache, body aches, and occasionally swollen lymph glands or rash.  In some cases, WNv may cause encephalitis, or inflammation of the brain,” said Brody Hodges, Environmental Health Specialist for Curry Community Health “individuals with severe or unusual headaches should seek medical care as soon as possible.” WNv 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 increased risk of WNv we encourage people to take appropriate precautions to protect themselves from mosquito bites,” said ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­–Brody Hodges.  He offered the following suggestions to reduce the risk of exposure to WNv:


  • Eliminate all sources of standing water that can be a breeding ground for biting mosquitoes, such as flooded fields, birdbaths, wading pools & swimming pools not in use, clogged gutters and old tires. If it holds water for 7 days, it can produce mosquitoes.


  • Stock mosquito fish in water troughs and ornamental ponds, they are available free at the District Office.


  • Avoid outdoor activities at dusk and dawn when mosquitoes are most active.


  • Wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants when in mosquito infested areas. 


  • Use mosquito repellents containing DEET, Oil of Lemon Eucalyptus, IR3535 or Picaridin, making sure to follow the directions on the container. 


  • Make sure all screen doors and windows are in good repair and fit tightly. 


Additional information on West Nile Virus is on the Web at:



U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention



Oregon Public Health Division http://public.health.oregon.gov/DHS/ph/acd/diseases/wnile/survey.shtml

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