Oregon health officials say the West Nile virus has been found in mosquitoes for the first time this year.
An Oregon State lab detected the virus last week in samples from the Harper-Little Valley area of Malheur County.
Emilio Debess is the State Public Health Veterinarian. He says the West Nile virus has been detected in Oregon before, but this marks an early arrival.
“Perhaps the earliest time that we’ve seen it. We usually identify mosquito pools positive for the West Nile at about early July to mid-July. This year it’s in mid-June.”
Debess says the county may use pesticides to eliminate areas that are infested by infected mosquitos.
No human cases have been reported in Oregon so far this year. Health officials are advising people to take precautions, and remove standing water where mosquitos can breed.