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Posted: July 29, 2017

Seven more mosquito traps test positive for West Nile virus in Tulsa County


By Hector Mejia

News | KOKI

TULSA, Okla. —

Quick Facts:

  • 7 mosquito traps tested positive for West Nile virus in Tulsa County this week.
  • 2 of them were found near LaFortune Park in south Tulsa.
  • Officials said the number of positive traps in 2017 is on par with what they normally find.

The Tulsa County Health Department found seven new traps with mosquitoes this week that tested positive for West Nile Virus.

Two of them were located close to LaFortune Park in south Tulsa.

Department officials said technicians are spraying the area for mosquitoes. 

Tulsa Health Department: Mosquito Control

There haven't been any West Nile-related deaths in Oklahoma since 2015. Ten people died that year and an additional 79 non-fatal cases were reported.

County officials said the number of positive traps they've found this year is on track with previous years.

Nineteen traps have tested positive so far in 2017. About 1,500 mosquitoes within 48-square miles were tested this week.

Officials said 80 percent of those infected with West Nile Virus will become ill. The virus results in flu-like symptoms and can be deadly for infants, the elderly and those with compromised immune systems.


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