Mosquitoes carrying West Nile Virus found in Oklahoma County

BY ASSOCIATED PRESS
06/07/2017 04:00 PM
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Health officials say mosquitoes found in Oklahoma County have tested positive for the potentially fatal West Nile Virus.

The Oklahoma City-County Health Department reports that experts confirmed mosquitoes have tested positive for the virus, however there are no reported human cases of the virus.

Agency Public Health Protection Director Phil Maytubby says recent rain and warm weather created an environment favorable for virus-carrying mosquitoes.

Oklahoma State Department of Health records show no deaths in the state due to the virus last year, but 10 deaths were recorded in 2015 and a record 15 deaths occurred in 2012.

The virus is spread primarily through the bite of the Culex mosquito and symptoms include fever, headache and body aches.

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