OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma State Department of Health reports two more deaths due to the West Nile virus this week.
The department said Thursday that the virus has now claimed three lives in the state. The latest two deaths happened this week in Oklahoma and Seminole counties. The previous death was in Oklahoma County.
The department says there have been 61 confirmed cases of the virus with 39 of those being the most serious form — called neuro-invasive.
The Oklahoma State Department of Health warned all Oklahomans today to do what they can to avoid mosquito bites or face increased risk of West Nile virus. At least one death has now been reported and 24 new cases of WNV have been confirmed in Oklahoma in the past week.
“Prevention is the key to protection,” said State Health Commissioner Dr. Terry Cline. “One bite from an infected mosquito can lead to a severe and possibly life-altering illness. We urge everyone to use insect repellent when outdoors and to mosquito-proof their home as best possible.”
Tulsa Health Department officials have confirmed that mosquitoes in Tulsa County have begun to test positive for West Nile virus. At the same time, the Tulsa Health Department was notified today that a Tulsa County resident has been diagnosed with West Nile virus. The individual diagnosed with West Nile virus is a male over the age of 65.