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On August 18, 2016 the Register-Guard reported that a bird with West Nile Virus (WNV) was found in
Eugene. According to the article WNV is a seasonal virus arising in the summer and continuing into
fall until the temperatures are consistently below 50 degrees, which has not happened yet this
fall. Oregon Health Authority has a FAQ on WNV, which you can find here.
Some highlights include:
- WNV is spread by mosquitoes.
- WNV is NOT spread through casual contact such as touching or kissing a person with the virus.
- Most people (about 80%) who are infected with WNV will show no symptoms.
- Most infections are mild and flu-like with a fever, but less that 1% can become severe and may cause encephalitis (a brain infection) and rarely, death.
- If you develop symptoms of severe WNV illness such as severe headaches and confusion, seek medical attention immediately.
- Eliminate standing water.
Mosquito-proof your home with these steps
- At least once or twice a week (more is better) eliminate water from flower pots, pet food and water dishes, bird baths, swimming poll covers, buckets, barrels and cans.
- Clean clogged rain gutters.
- Remove discarded tires and other items that can collect water.
- Look for containers in hard to find places like behind bushes or under your home.
- Apply mosquito repellent to skin and clothes. The CDC recommends products that contain DEET, oil of lemon eucalyptus (Repel).
- Weather permitting wear long-sleeve shirts and pants.
- If you are outdoors with an infant place mosquito netting over the carrier.
- Mosquitoes are out most at dawn, dusk and early evening so if possible plan on being indoors at those times.
- Install or repair screens on windows and doors.