The Malheur County Health Department confirmed today that West Nile virus was detected near Harper.

The virus was found in mosquitoes trapped June 14.

The Malheur County Vector Control District is continuing with its surveillance and spraying operations throughout the county in response to the positive West Nile virus test.

The Health Department recommends residents eliminate all sources of standing water that can be breeding ground for biting mosquitoes such as flooded fields, watering troughs, birdbaths, wading pools, clogged gutters and old tires. If it holds water for 7 days it can produce mosquitoes. Residents should also:

·    Avoid outdoor activities at dusk and dawn when mosquitoes are most active.

·    Wear long sleeve shirts and long pants when in mosquito infested areas.

·    Use mosquito repellants making sure to follow the directions on the container.

For more information contact the health department at 541-889-7279 or the Malheur County Vector Control District at 541-473-5102.