OKLAHOMA CITY – Oklahoma officials have identified a mosquito that has West Nile virus in Oklahoma County.
An Oklahoma City-County Health Department public health specialist confirmed one case of West Nile virus present in the mosquito population in Oklahoma County, according to a press release.
Officials say so far there have been no human cases reported in Oklahoma County. However, there have been two confirmed cases state wide.
Oklahoma City-County Health Department is advising residents to take extra precaution against the mosquito-borne illness by avoiding mosquito bites.
Practice the four D’s to minimize mosquito bites:
- Dusk to dawn – Mosquitoes that carry the virus are most active during these hours, so if you must go outside always take precautions.
- Dress – Wear long sleeves with cuffs and long pants wherever mosquitoes are likely to be biting. Tuck your pants into your socks.
- DEET – Use an insect repellant containing DEET on any exposed skin.
- Drainage – Check regularly around your home for any water accumulation that could provide mosquito breeding grounds.