Health Department: West Nile Virus kills Oklahoma County woman
An elderly woman has died after she contracted West Nile virus in Oklahoma County.
The Health Department confirms the woman is the first death connected to the virus this year. Officials say the woman was between 70 and 79 years old.
The Health Department says a total of four people have been diagnosed in the entire state, all of which are in Oklahoma County.
The Heath Department is reminding everyone that, even though it's September, the risk of contracting West Nile virus is still there.
They're offering the following tips to prevent you from getting the virus:
Reduce mosquito habitats by 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.
They say the pest prevention is the four D's:
- Dusk to dawn - Mosquitoes that carry WNV are most active during these hours, so if you must go outside always take precautions.
- Dress - Wear long sleeves with cuffs and long pants wherever mosquitoes are likely to be biting. Tuck your pants into your socks.
- DEET - Use an insect repellant containing DEET on any exposed skin.
- Drainage - Check regularly around your home for any water accumulation that could provide mosquito breeding grounds. For pools, hot tubs or water features, OCCHD recommends that residents "cover, drain or maintain" these water sources to eliminate mosquito habitats.