First Case Of West Nile Virus Confirmed In Tulsa County
The Tulsa Health Department confirms the first human case of West Nile virus in Tulsa County. The Health Department did not release any details on the victim or their condition.
This is the second case of West Nile confirmed in Oklahoma this summer. In July, the Oklahoma State Department of Health announced the first case had been confirmed in Major County.
The Tulsa Health Department operates a mosquito surveillance program to test the insects for the virus. Special traps are set throughout the County. Samples are collected and tested weekly. The Health Department also works to control the mosquito population during the spring and summer. You can call the Health Department to report mosquitoes in your area by calling 918-595-4219 or submit an online complaint at www.tulsa-health.org.
The Health Department reports 56 trap samples were tested the week of August 11 - 15, 2014. Five of the mosquitoes tested positive for West Nile Virus. 486 mosquitoes have been tested this summer.
Precautions you can take to prevent mosquito bites include using insect repellent containing DEET, and prevent standing water on your property.