STEPHENS COUNTY — Health officials have confirmed the year’s second death from West Nile in Oklahoma.
The confirmation was made Stephens County health officials Thursday, according to the Duncan Banner.
According to the Oklahoma State Department of Health, a Carter County resident died after contracting the virus.
As of August 20th, in all of Oklahoma’s 77 counties, there have been 16 people with confirmed cases of West Nile Virus.
So far, eight Oklahomans have been hospitalized because of it.
However, over 80 percent of those infected will never become ill.
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.
Health officials are strongly urging residents to take precautions to avoid contracting this sometimes deadly virus.