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The latest stats show no cases of West Nile virus in the Tulsa area. The County Health Department’s Kaitlin Snider says traps have turned up nearly three dozen mosquitoes infected with the virus, but no people here yet. Still citizens are being urged to take precautions since August is a month for high mosquito activity.

There have been nearly a dozen cases of West Nile in humans in the state this year, but none so far in Tulsa County. No deaths have occurred.

The first West Nile case in Oklahoma this year has been confirmed in Major County. So far there are no reported infections in Tulsa County, but it is very early in the season. Kaitlin Snider with the Tulsa Health Department says testing will continue for several months.

People are encouraged to take precautions to reduce the risk of contracting West Nile, a mosquito-borne illness. Many people don’t even know when they’ve been infected, but in some, the disease can be extremely serious.

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Traps are out, but so far no sign of mosquitos carrying the West Nile virus in Tulsa County. However, there is another disease borne by mosquitos that has reached U-S shores, and health experts are monitoring for it as well. Nicole Schlaefli is an epidemiologist at the Tulsa Health Department. She says it’s called the Chikungunya Virus and is transmitted from mosquito to human, just like West Nile. The mosquito carried virus began in Africa, like West Nile, then migrated to the Caribbean, then the U-S.

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma State Department of Health says there have now been 170 confirmed cases of West Nile virus in Oklahoma this year and 11 deaths due to the disease.

The numbers were reported Tuesday by the department in its bi-weekly report. Oklahoma's previous yearly record of 107 West Nile cases and seven deaths set in 2007 was broken in early September.

Officials say the virus will remain a threat until the mosquitoes that carry the disease are neutralized by sub-freezing temperatures.

GUTHRIE, Okla. (AP) — A former mayor of Guthrie has died after battling West Nile virus.

Officials with the First Christian Church say Jon Gumerson died Saturday after contracting West Nile. He was 76.

He died the same weekend the church was holding a blood drive in his honor. Organizer Jessica Eaves says 40 people donated blood Sunday at the event.

Eaves tells The Oklahoman that Gumerson taught Sunday school at the church for 50 years. He was also an avid Sooner fan and local businessman.

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma State Department of Health is reporting five new cases of West Nile virus — but no additional deaths.

The department said Thursday in its bi-weekly report that there have been 160 cases and nine deaths in the state this year. The previous record of 107 cases and seven deaths set in 2007 was broken in early September.

Officials say the virus will remain a threat until the first freeze neutralizes the mosquitoes that carry the disease. The first freeze generally occurs around the first of November.

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Health officials say another person has died of the West Nile Virus in Oklahoma.

The Oklahoma State Department of Health indicated on its website Thursday that the number of West Nile Virus deaths in the state had risen to nine and the number of reported cases in the state had increased to 154.

At least 88 people have been hospitalized for treatment of the mosquito-borne illness.

In Oklahoma, the West Nile Virus season runs from May to November, and people are at greatest risk of exposure to infected mosquitoes from July through October.

West Nile Virus Cases Increasing in Oklahoma

Sep 18, 2012
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West Nile virus cases in Oklahoma are increasing. According to the Oklahoma State Health Department, 11 new cases are reported totaling to 144 cases since January. No new deaths are reported.

During the West Nile season, May- November, OSHD encourage everyone to use insect repellants when enjoying time outdoors.

Another West Nile Death in Tulsa County

Sep 11, 2012
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New figures from the Oklahoma Department of Health show the West Nile Virus death toll has increased by one person in the past week. The number of confirmed cases is up by five. The latest death was from Tulsa County.

Since January 1, 2012, 127 cases of WNV and 8 deaths due to WNV have been reported to the state.

The Oklahoma State Department of Health advises use of insect repellants—particularly those containing DEET, picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus, or IR 3535—when enjoying outdoor activities like gardening, yard work, camping, or other leisure activities.

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Health officials say five more West Nile virus cases have been reported in Oklahoma.

According to statistics posted on the Oklahoma State Department of Health website Thursday, 123 cases have been reported. That's up from Tuesday's count of 118, which set a record for the number of West Nile cases in a single year in Oklahoma.

The state Health Department says seven people have died from the virus so far in 2012.


(Oklahoma City AP)-Oklahoma moves closer to the record number of West Nile virus cases in one year. Nine new cases are confirmed.

There have been 101 confirmed cases this year in 22 counties.

Five people have died, two each in Oklahoma and Carter counties and one in Seminole County.

The record of 107 West Nile cases was set in 2007. Eight people died then.

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The number of new West Nile virus cases in Oklahoma has increased by just four in the past week and no additional deaths have been recorded.

The Oklahoma State Department of Health said Tuesday that there have been 65 cases of the virus and three deaths due to the virus this year.

The first was confirmed case was in June and there were 61 total cases through last Thursday.

The West Nile virus was first confirmed in Oklahoma in 2002 and the Health Department reports a total of 837 cases and 23 deaths since then.

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma City officials say they have no plans to begin spraying in an effort to combat mosquitoes that may carry the West Nile Virus.

State health officials have issued a public warning for the virus and say it has claimed three lives in the state this year and could become the worst year ever for the virus.

Two More Deaths: West Nile Cases Now Top 60

Aug 16, 2012

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.”

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.

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Health officials in Oklahoma a warning of the return of the West Nile virus to the state.

The Oklahoma Health Department says eight cases have been confirmed in the state — four in Tulsa County, two in Pittsburg County and one each in Garfield and Carter counties.

There was just one West Nile case in the state in 2011.

The health department said those infected range from 29 to 78 years old.

The virus is spread through by the Culex mosquito — which feeds on infected birds and then transmits the virus when biting humans.

The West Nile Virus Confirmed in Tulsa County

Jul 12, 2012

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.