BOISE -- Payette County say they have discovered a mosquito carrying the West Nile virus just west of downtown Payette.
Ada and Canyon Counties have also reported mosquitoes carrying the virus. Malheur County is the only county in Oregon so far this year that has reported West Nile.
Health officials say they have no reports of human cases of West Nile, but they do offer the following tips to protect yourself from the virus:
- Defend yourself against mosquitoes by using a repellent with an effective ingredient. Make sure to follow label directions.
- Drain all sources of standing water that may support mosquito-breeding habitats.
- Door and window screens should fit tight and be in good repair. This will prevent mosquitoes from entering your home.
- Dawn and dusk are times to avoid being outdoors, since this is when mosquitoes are most active.
- Dress appropriately by wearing long sleeves and pants when outdoors and mosquitoes are present.