Jayson Jacoby
The Baker City Herald

A woman living in New Bridge, about three miles north of Richland in eastern Baker County, said today that two of her friends, both adult women who live near her, contracted West Nile virus from mosquito bites.

Mary Jane Ward said both women, whom she declined to identify, suffered symptoms that required each to spend time at St. Alphonsus Medical Center-Baker City.

Ward said the two women had their blood tested for West Nile virus last week.

The test results came in today, and both were positive, she said.

Both women are recovering, Ward said.

Neither woman had traveled outside the Eagle Valley area recently, so neither could have contracted the disease elsewhere, Ward said.

The Herald has not confirmed the diagnoses with the Baker County Health Department.

The Baker Valley Vector Control District announced Wednesday that mosquitoes trapped July 21 in Keating Valley, about 20 miles west of New Bridge, were infected with West Nile virus.

New Bridge is outside the Vector Control District.

There has been no confirmed case of West Nile virus in Baker County residents since 2007.