Gordon McCraw

Lt. Gordon McCraw

The never-ending line of low pressure areas, may be coming to an end later in the week, but for now, another low pressure area is moving towards the south coast and will bring more clouds along with a chance of showers later today to our area as well. The scattered shower threat continues tonight with a 40% chance tomorrow though they do become more widely scattered tomorrow night.

By Wednesday morning we see the usual morning marine clouds that will slowly burn back some in the afternoon with only a 20% chance of a rogue shower still. High around 60, lows around 49.

A ridge of high pressure builds just off the coast by Thursday morning, so we see a mostly sunny, dry day with highs up near 63 then the fair, dry and mild conditions continue again Friday. As for the weekend, the high shifts east some giving up partly to mostly sunny days, highs up near 70, partly cloudy nights, lows near 52.

Tillamook County Public Works

Tillamook County Road Department is replacing a failing culvert on McCormick Loop Road on Wednesday, May 22, 2019. The failing culvert is located +/- North of Beeler Road. That portion of the road will be closed from 9:00 am to approximately 3:00 pm. If you have any questions, please call the office. Thank you for your consideration.

Keep your family safe from the West Nile Virus this summer

(Oregon Health Authority)

As the weather continues to warm up, health officials say it’s important for people to protect themselves from disease-carrying mosquitoes. One of the illnesses to avoid is the potentially deadly West Nile virus.

About one in five infected people may show signs of West Nile virus. People at risk of serious illness include individuals 50 and older, and people with immune-compromising conditions, such as diabetes and high blood pressure.

West Nile symptoms may include fever above 100 degrees and severe headache, stiff neck, mental confusion, muscle weakness, shaking, paralysis or rash. People should contact their health care provider if experiencing any of these symptoms.

Health officials are advising people to take precautions against mosquitoes to avoid the risk of infection, including preventing mosquito bites. West Nile is spread to humans through the bite of an infected mosquito.

"It’s very easy for people to prevent bites from mosquitoes that may carry West Nile virus," said Dr. Emilio DeBess, public health veterinarian at the Oregon Health Authority Public Health Division. "Although the risk of contracting West Nile virus is low, people can take simple precautions to keep these insects at bay if they’re headed outdoors."

To prevent the spread of West Nile virus:

- Eliminate sources of standing water that are a breeding ground for mosquitoes. This includes watering troughs, bird baths, clogged gutters and old tires.

- When engaged in outdoor activities at dusk and dawn when mosquitoes are most active, protect yourself by using mosquito repellants containing DEET, oil of lemon eucalyptus or Picardin, and follow the directions on the container.

- Wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants in mosquito-infested areas.

- Make sure screen doors and windows are in good repair and fit tightly.

In 2018, there were two human cases of West Nile virus in two Oregon counties: Harney and Clackamas. The virus was found in one bird, 58 mosquito pools — samples of about 50 mosquitoes each — and two horses. In 2017, seven humans, 92 mosquito pools, five horses and one bird tested positive for West Nile. The virus also can be found in chickens, squirrels and dogs.

Climate change, particularly effects such as increased temperature and changes in rainfall, have led to longer mosquito seasons and are contributing to the spread of West Nile virus, health officials say. They agree these and other climate change indicators must be considered to help people better prepare for future transmission of the disease.

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