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OSDH confirms two cases of West Nile Virus in Carter County

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CARTER COUNTY, OK -- The Oklahoma State Department of Health has confirmed two cases of West Nile Virus in Carter County.

Both cases are in adults between the ages of twenty and fifty. The department says there are eight confirmed cases statewide, but there may be more that are being affected by the virus.

Symptoms can range from fever, muscle weakness, and body aches, to mental confusion and inability to walk. The virus affects the central nervous system, and there is currently no vaccine against it.

The OSDH says that prevention is key when it comes to West Nile, and encourages everyone to start wearing mosquito repellent, as the worst months for mosquito are still on their way this fall. Longer clothes and closed-toed shoes that minimize exposed skin can also reduce your chances for getting the virus.