Oklahoma officials warning residents about West Nile Virus

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OKLAHOMA CITY –  After rain flooded our state, experts are warning about the dangers associated with mosquitoes.

The Oklahoma City-County Health Department is warning residents about illnesses that are transmitted by mosquitoes, like West Nile Virus.

Anyone can become ill after being bitten by an infected mosquito, but those over 50-years-old are at the greatest risk of developing a serious condition.

In fact, over 80 percent of people who are infected with West Nile Virus never become ill.

The type of mosquitoes that transmit the virus are most active during early morning and evening hours, so take precautions during that time.

Experts warn that you should drain standing water, use insect repellent with DEET and dress in long sleeves and pants when outdoors.

You can also report any possible sources of stagnant water in Oklahoma County by calling (405) 425-4347.

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