First Case Of West Nile Virus Confirmed In Oklahoma County

Wednesday, August 14th 2013, 5:19 pm
By: News 9

The first case of West Nile Virus has been confirmed in Oklahoma County on Wednesday.

OKC City-County health Officials advise residents to take extra precaution while outdoors and to avoid areas where mosquitoes breed.

"One of the most effective measures people can take is looking around their homes to identify and get rid of any sources of standing, stagnant water where mosquito larvae can grow," said OCCHD Public Health Protection Chief Phil Maytubby.

According to an official with the OCCHD, a young female patient is being treated at a local hospital for the virus. This is the first confirmed case of West Nile Virus in a human being in the state of Oklahoma for 2013.

Last week, testing in Tulsa County found insects that tested positive for the virus as well.

8/4/2013 Related Story: Mosquitoes In Oklahoma Test Positive For West Nile Virus

For more information on West Nile Virus visit the Oklahoma City-County Health Department Website. Or if you need to file a complaint form for sources of standing water that might be a breeding ground for mosquitoes off of your property.

Learn more about mosquitoes, larvicides and repellants.