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Second Oklahoma County resident diagnosed with West Nile Virus

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OKLAHOMA CITY – Health officials say a second person in Oklahoma County has been diagnosed with West Nile Virus.

On Thursday, the Oklahoma City- County Health Department confirmed the second case in as many weeks.

Last month, the Oklahoma City-County Health Department confirmed that a mosquito in the area tested positive for the virus.

The virus is spread through the bite of the Culex mosquito, which feeds on infected birds and transmits the virus to humans and other mammals.

Officials say the Culex mosquito is more prevalent during mid-to-late summer when the temperatures are hotter and the weather pattern is drier.

Symptoms of West Nile virus include sudden onset of fever, headache, dizziness and muscle weakness.

Officials say the key to protecting yourself against the virus is to practice the 4 D’s.

  • Wear repellant with DEET
  • Stay indoors at dusk or dawn
  • Dress in long sleeves
  • Drain water.

To reduce mosquito habitats, experts say you should prevent standing waters in buckets, cans, pool covers, flower pots and tires.

Fortunately, swimming pools and fishponds with circulating water are usually not a problem.

“As long as the water is moving, the larvae cannot grow,” said Phil Maytubby, the county’s public health protection director.

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