BREAKING: Horse in La Grande area tests positive for West Nile virus

By Observer staff August 22, 2013 03:29 pm

Union County Vector Control has announced that a positive test for West Nile virus has been confirmed this week on a horse just outside of La Grande. While there have been several positive tests for West Nile in Oregon this year, this occurrence is the first for 2013 in Union County.

Local vector staff have been working since early spring to reduce the number of mosquitos, but they remind Union County citizens to protect themselves from mosquito bites. 

Some steps to reduce mosquitoes include:

• Eliminate sources of standing water that are a breeding ground for mosquitoes. This includes watering troughs, bird baths, clogged gutters and old tires.

• Mosquitoes are most active at dusk and dawn. When engaged in outdoor activities, 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.

Residents are also encouraged to report high numbers of mosquitoes to Union County Vector control. Mosquito control is paid for through property taxes and there is no additional charge for any of the services they provide.

To contact vector control, call Kelly Beehler at 541-963-2974.