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West Nile virus spikes in Oklahoma

OKLAHOMA CITY — Bill Brady is an outdoor enthusiast; golfing, hunting and fishing.  

When he recently became ill, family members thought the 77-year-old man was suffering from a classic Oklahoma allergy infection. 

His son Mike said, “You go from a perfectly healthy man to somebody on a respirator in a bed. It doesn’t seem right.” 

Bill Brady is now recovering in intensive care at Mercy Hospital. 

He’s one of nearly two-dozen severe cases of West Nile virus in Oklahoma.

Mike said, “That one bite and then you’re in a hospital fighting for your life.”

The only remedy is time. 

Doctors said folks over 50 are at greatest risk for serious infection.

Dr. Mark Godish said, “There has definitely been a resurgence. A lot more cases in this part of the country, Oklahoma, Texas, Mississippi and Louisiana.”

Health experts said prevention is the best defense. 

  • Eliminate stagnant water around your property
  • Apply lotion or spray with DEET
  • Avoid the outdoors at dawn and dusk

Dr. Godish said, “There are lots of mosquitoes to do the biting and infect humans.”

Experts said the West Nile threat will continue in Oklahoma for two more months.