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Local & Regional
11:13 am
Tue August 21, 2012

Oklahoma West Nile Virus Cases Begin to Level Off

National Geographic

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.

Local & Regional
8:05 am
Sun August 19, 2012

Oklahoma City Will Not Spray for Mosquitoes

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.

Local & Regional
10:11 am
Thu August 16, 2012

Two More Deaths: West Nile Cases Now Top 60

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.

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Local & Regional
10:01 am
Tue August 14, 2012

State Issues West Nile Warning: 1st Death Since 2009

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.”

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Local & Regional
9:11 am
Sat August 11, 2012

West Nile Cases Rising Dramatically in Oklahoma

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.

Local & Regional
6:58 am
Thu July 26, 2012

More West Nile in Tulsa County

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.

Local & Regional
12:25 pm
Thu July 12, 2012

The West Nile Virus Confirmed in Tulsa County

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.  

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