First West Nile case confirmed in Oklahoma County for 2013

West Nile virus is a mosquito-borne illness. Last year, Oklahoma saw a record-breaking number of cases of West Nile virus and deaths associated with the virus.
by Jaclyn Cosgrove Published: August 15, 2013
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The first case of West Nile virus in Oklahoma this year was confirmed Wednesday.

An Oklahoma County female resident between 10 and 19 years old has contracted West Nile virus and remains in a hospital.

Information isn't available regarding where in Oklahoma County she contracted the virus.

Meanwhile, officials are urging residents to take precautions against mosquitoes, such as wearing repellent when outdoors and emptying any standing water outside the home.

Until Wednesday, Oklahoma remained one of about 25 states that hadn't reported human cases of West Nile virus this year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Meanwhile, as of Tuesday, every state that borders Oklahoma besides Missouri had reported West Nile activity in humans and animals, according to CDC.

About the virus

West Nile virus is a mosquito-borne illness that people usually contract through the bite of a mosquito.

Common symptoms of West Nile Fever include headache, fever and tiredness. In some cases, West Nile virus can cause severe neurologic disease such as meningitis, or swollen membranes in brain and spinal cord; paralysis; or encephalitis, swelling and inflammation of the brain.

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by Jaclyn Cosgrove
Medical and Health Reporter
Jaclyn Cosgrove writes about health, public policy and medicine in Oklahoma, among other topics. She is an Oklahoma State University graduate. Jaclyn grew up in the southeast region of the state and enjoys writing about rural Oklahoma. She is...
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