West Nile Death Toll Increases
The State Health Department says three people have now died from West Nile virus and 61 cases of the disease with 39 labeled as neuro-invasive.
Two of the three deaths originated in Oklahoma County where officials with the Oklahoma City-County Health Department are urging people to be precautious.
Public Health Specialist Matt Brosh says the first line of defense is avoid the insects carrying the disease: mosquitoes.
“Dusk till dawn is where you’re going to see most of them, the majority of them. Make sure people are wearing long sleeves, I know it’s hot right now, but that’s something else they can do to help prevent and wear mosquito repellent with DEET in it.”
Health officials say with rain currently in the forecast avoid standing water where mosquitoes are known to breed.
Symptoms of West Nile include inability to walk, mental confusion and disorientation and some might be unable to speak, lose vision or hearing, or suffer paralysis in arms and legs.