West Nile Virus detected in Morrow County
EO Media Group
Oregon Public Health officials report that a strain of the West Nile virus has been found at a testing site in a rural part of Irrigon.
West Nile is a disease with flu-like symptoms that spreads by mosquitoes, and health officials are telling Morrow County residents to avoid contact with mosquitoes in order to prevent bites that could lead to infection.
According to the Oregon Health Department, 80 percent of people infected with West Nile display no symptoms. Rare cases have shown severe symptoms including convulsions, disorientation and the central nervous system being affected, which results in aseptic meningitis or encephalitis.