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Officials find West Nile virus in Oklahoma County mosquitoes

During routine testing, an Oklahoma City-County Health Department public health specialist confirmed one case of West Nile virus present in the mosquito population in Oklahoma County
FROM STAFF REPORTS Modified: August 27, 2014 at 9:13 pm •  Published: August 28, 2014

Public health officials have found West Nile virus present in mosquitoes in Oklahoma County.

During routine testing, an Oklahoma City-County Health Department public health specialist confirmed one case of West Nile virus present in the mosquito population in Oklahoma County.

Overall, there have only been two confirmed cases statewide, one resident in Tulsa County and another person in Major County.

Waite Colbaugh, mosquito program specialist in Oklahoma County, said residents should take extra precaution against the mosquito-borne illness by avoiding mosquito bites and reducing habitats where mosquitoes live and breed.

“Especially before the long Labor Day weekend, when people will spend extra time outside and in the water, it’s important that everyone pays special attention to the threat of West Nile virus,” Colbaugh said.

Four D’s prevent spread

Colbaugh said he recommends practicing the four D’s to minimize mosquito bites:

1. Dusk to dawn: Mosquitoes that carry the virus are most active during these hours, so if you must go outside always take precautions.

2. Dress: Wear long sleeves with cuffs and long pants wherever mosquitoes are likely to be biting. Tuck your pants into your socks.

3. DEET: Use an insect repellant containing DEET on any exposed skin.

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