OKLAHOMA COUNTY, Okla. – Health officials say two more people in Oklahoma County have been diagnosed with West Nile Virus, bringing the total to seven human cases in the county.
“We have had numerous positive tests for the presence of the virus in the mosquito population and the actual numbers of mosquitoes trapped and tested has increased a lot this year,” says Phil Maytubby, Public Health Protection Director. “Human cases of West Nile Virus remain low and hopefully we will be out of mosquito season soon.”
Last year, there was only one case of West Nile Virus in Oklahoma County.
Since we are entering what is considered the end of West Nile Virus mosquito season, officials want Oklahomans to take extra precaution against the mosquito-borne illness by avoiding mosquito bites and reducing habitats where mosquitoes live.
To reduce mosquito habitats: Prevent items such as buckets, cans, pool covers, flower pots, and 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, the Oklahoma City-County Health Department recommends microbial larvicides that kill mosquito larvae before they emerge as adults.
Here is a simple way to remember how to “Fight the Bite” using the 4 D’s of mosquito safety:
- DRAIN standing water on your property so mosquitoes won’t breed
- Use insect repellant that contains DEET on your clothes
- Stay indoors at DUSK and DAWN when mosquitos are most prevalent
- DRESS in long sleeves and pants and spray repellant on your clothes.
West Nile symptoms include fever, headache, body ache, and sometimes a rash.
The most susceptible to the illness include infants and the elderly.
If symptoms are severe, health officials say to contact your doctor immediately.