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West Nile claims fifth life in Okla.

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A fifth Oklahoman has died because of West Nile virus since last Thursday. 

So far two have died in Carter County, two have died in Oklahoma County and one person has died in Seminole County. 

The Oklahoma State Department of Health strongly suggests the use of insect repellents, especially those with DEET, picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus (PMD), or IR 3535, when enjoying outdoor activities like gardening, yard work or camping.

The type of mosquitoes that transmit WNV are most active during early morning and evening hours.

It is also recommended to drain or treat standing water around your home with a mosquito larvacide to reduce mosquito breeding sites.

Get more information on West Nile virus from the Health Department and the CDC here.

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