West Nile Virus Threat Rising In Oklahoma, Kills 3

The Oklahoma State Department of Health has reported that a total of 3 people living in the state have so far died as a result of the West Nile Virus. Two of the victims died in Oklahoma County while the other was from Seminole County. Aside from the three recent deaths as a result of the West Nile Virus, there was another 38 people who were hospitalized due to the said disease.

Health officials in the state say that this year could be the worst year for the West Nile Virus since an the 2007 outbreak where 20 people from Oklahoma died and 107 people fell ill. Government officials in the state are urging citizens to take personal precautions in order to minimize the incidence of mosquito bites in the area, known to be the primary transmission target of the virus. Most particularly being monitored are seniors and people over the age of 50 who are prone to be hit hard when infected by the West Nile Virus.

Aside from minimizing exposure to mosquito prone areas outdoors, health experts also suggest that Oklahomans certain precautions such as wearing insect repellant when going outdoors. People should try using repellents with 10 to 30 percent of the active ingredient DEET. People should also be aware of stagnant water in their gardens and backyards and try to get rid of them before they become breeding grounds for mosquitoes.

Source: http://www.newson6.com/story/19294767/state-health-department-west-nile-virus-kills-3-in-oklahoma

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