Mosquitoes carrying West Nile virus found in Oklahoma County, health officials say

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TULSA, Okla. – At least five mosquitoes have tested positive for the West Nile Virus in Oklahoma County, the Oklahoma City-County Health Department announced Thursday.

Local health officials are warning residents across the state to take extra precautions now that five mosquitoes in Oklahoma County tested positive for the virus.

Health officials say residents should avoid mosquito bites and reduce habitats where mosquitoes live and breed.

“Getting rid of any sources of stagnant water will certainly help,” OCCHD Public Health Protection Director Phil Maytubby said.

Basics to reduce mosquito habitats:  Empty buckets, chimeneas, flower pots, wheelbarrows and old tires from holding standing water. Empty and refill birdbaths and your pet’s outdoor water bowl daily.

For standing water sources that cannot be drained, OCCHD recommends microbial larvicides commonly called “dunks”  that kill mosquito larvae before they emerge as adults.  They are available at hardware or home improvement stores.

Be sure to protect your home from invading mosquitoes by keeping window and door screens in good repair.

All residents are urged to use the  3-D’s and a “P” of mosquito safety:

  • DRAIN standing water on your property so mosquitoes won’t breed
  • Use insect repellant that contains DEET on your clothes
  • DRESS in long sleeves and pants and spray repellant on your clothes.
  • Protect – limit exposure and check window screens

Earlier this week, the Tulsa County Health Department announced that samples of mosquitoes from several traps throughout the area also tested positive for West Nile virus.