First Case of West Nile Virus Confirmed in Tulsa County

August 23, 2014 1:51 PM

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First Case of West Nile Virus Confirmed in Tulsa County

Tulsa Health Department officials announced this week a confirmed human case of West Nile virus (WNV) in Tulsa County. This is the first confirmed human case to be reported in Tulsa County this season, and the second case statewide. In July, Oklahoma State Department of Health officials announced the first case had been confirmed in a resident of Major County. Residents are urged to continue to take precaution against WNV as months with the highest risk for exposure to WNV are the months of July through October.

Anyone residing in an area where WNV is present is at risk for exposure; however, approximately 80% of individuals infected with the virus will have no symptoms. In mid-July, department officials confirmed that a sampling of mosquitoes from Tulsa County tested positive for WNV. Of the 486 trap sampl...

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