Bandon skeeters: 'It itches a lot and when I walk, sometimes it hurts'

BANDON, Ore. -- Bandon city government is taking steps to try and get the mosquito problem under control, but for some residents the problem isn't going away fast enough.

The Bandon City Council unanimously passed a resolution demanding immediate and meaningful action be taken by the federal government to put an end to the mosquito problem.

The decision was preceded by several comments from Bandon area residents about how bad the mosquitoes are, and that this problem can't wait.

Mary Schamehorn, Bandon's mayor, says the problem needs to be taken care of by the feds. "Now that we've passed a resolution, particularly when it was unanimous, we do plan to send it to as many congressmen and senators across the country as we can, because as it was pointed out, this is a federal problem," she said.

The county plans on addressing the mosquito problem and passing a similar resolution at their August 27 meeting.

The mosquitoes are nuisance to many area residents, but what have been the health effects been?

Mackenzie Williams can show first hand how bad the mosquitoes are. "I had a whole bunch of hives on my legs with a whole bunch of mosquito bites," she said.

Mackenzie discovered she was allergic to them, and now has to suffer through much more than a little bite. "It itches a lot and when I walk, sometimes it hurts."

Mackenzie isn't the only patient to come as a result of the Bandon mosquito outbreak.

Similar to how the mosquitoes flooded the marsh, patients are flooding the waiting room at the local health clinic. "In the last few weeks we've had several more patients come in with mosquito issues that we normally don't see," said Dr. Jeff Scott. "Anywhere from multiple mosquito bites that are irritating, to people that have had some significant allergic reactions that I've never seen before."

Coos County Public Health Administrator Nikki Zogg says the probability of these mosquitoes carrying any diseases is very low.

But she is presenting the idea of creating a temporary abatement district for vector control to Coos County commissioners at their meeting.