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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.