Health officials confirm human case of West Nile Virus in Oklahoma County


The Oklahoma City-County Health Department is confirming a case of West Nile Virus in a person in the county.

The OCCHD confirmed the case in a release, but did not provide further details.

“Residents should be vigilant by getting rid of any sources of stagnant water and always wear repellent containing DEET,” says , OCCHD Public Health Protection Director Phil Maytubby.

Officials recommend emptying buckets, flower pots, old tires and any other items that can hold stagnant water. For water that cannot be drained, use microbial larvicides or "dunks" that kill mosquito larvae. They are available in most hardware stores.

Also use insect repellent containing DEET.

West Nile symptoms include fever, headache, body ache and sometimes a rash. Maytubby says the virus can be debilitating and deadly.

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