"This news was not a matter of if -- it was a matter of when," stated Kulongoski. "
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"While human infection is rare, those infected with West Nile Virus usually have no illness or only mild symptoms," said Grant Higginson, MD, state public health officer. "About 20 percent of cases of those infected have a flu-like illness. In one out of 150 cases, however, the virus can cause inflammation of the brain and result in serious illness." he said.
"It's understandable that people are concerned, but I urge Oregonians not to over-react. There are measures you can take to protect you and your loved ones from mosquito bites," continued the governor. "I encourage Oregonians to access this information from state and local agencies so you can be informed about the minimal risk of being infected and the simple precautionary measures you can take to minimize this risk even further."
There are five key actions people should take to protect themselves from mosquito bites:
-- Look around your home and property and eliminate all sources of standing water that can support mosquito breeding-for example gutters, birdbaths and old tires;
-- Because mosquitoes are most active at dawn and dusk, avoid playing or working outside at these times;
-- When outdoors, wear long pants, long sleeve shirts and other protective clothing;
-- Wear insect repellant, preferably one that contains DEET. Follow label directions when using any repellant;
-- Make sure that doors and windows have tight-fitting screens. Repair or replace screens that have tears or holes.
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Source: Oregon Department of Human Services