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The state health department is working to identify potential travel-related Zika Virus cases in Oklahoma. Epidemiologist Dr. Kristy Bradley says any cases here so far are in people who traveled to Zika prone areas, and did not originate in mosquitoes here. The Department is working closely with health and medical professionals throughout the state on mosquito testing and surveillance.

There is concern because Zika infection in pregnant women can result in death of the fetus or severe birth defects. One pregnant woman in Oklahoma has been diagnosed with Zika.

On this edition of ST, we speak with Karen M. Masterson, a journalist turned malaria researcher, whose new book is "The Malaria Project: The U.S. Government's Secret Mission to Find a Miracle Cure." It's a remarkable and sometimes unsettling story of science, medicine, and war -- at once illuminating and surprising, the book also explores the ethical perils of seeking treatments for disease while ignoring the human condition.

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma State Department of Health says the number of West Nile virus cases is increasing dramatically in the state.

The department says 31 cases of West Nile have been confirmed so far this year -- more than in the past four years combined.

Tulsa County has reported the highest number of cases, with nine, while Oklahoma County reported six and Carter County reported five.

The department says more than a quarter of the cases have occurred among Oklahomans in their 70s.