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West Nile Virus detected in area mosquitoes
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West Nile Virus detected in area mosquitoes

West Nile Virus detected in area mosquitoes
West Nile Virus has been detected in the Tulsa area.

West Nile Virus detected in area mosquitoes

A sampling of area mosquitoes has tested positive for the West Nile Virus.

So far, the Tulsa Health Department hasn't confirmed anybody has caught the disease.

“Our mosquito surveillance program is vigilant in testing for West Nile virus,” Bernard Dindy, Tulsa Health Department environmental health services supervisor says. “We routinely test 50-60 pools weekly, and once a positive sample is identified we are aggressive in spraying the area and informing the public so they can protect themselves.”

West Nile is spread through mosquitoes biting humans, horses, and other mammals.  Health Department warns people to use insect repellent containing DEET.

Also, make sure there is no standing water around your home.  Health Department say to empty buckets and flower pots.  Plus, make sure your pet's outdoor water bowl is routinely emptied and refilled.

The typical West Nile season is from July through October. 

The health department says symptoms include sudden onset of fever, headache, dizziness, and muscle weakness.

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