Oklahomans should take steps to avoid mosquito bites or face an increased risk of West Nile Virus, state health officials said Tuesday.
The Oklahoma State Department of Health reported one death from West Nile Virus in Oklahoma County and 24 new cases in the past week. So far this year, the state has confirmed 55 cases of West Nile Virus disease in 14 counties.
Pontotoc County did not have any cases of West Nile Virus as of Tuesday afternoon, but Pottawatomie, Seminole, Hughes and Garvin counties each had one confirmed case, according to the state health department. There were no cases in Murray or Coal counties.
Prevention is the key to protecting yourself against West Nile, said State Health Commissioner Dr. Terry Cline.
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