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Carter County ranks third in Oklahoma confirmed West Nile Virus cases

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CARTER COUNTY, OK -- Public health officials in Oklahoma urge Oklahomans to "be Mosquito Aware."

The Oklahoma State Department of Health says that cases of West Nile Virus have been on the rise in the past several weeks. Out of the thirty-one cases reported so far this year, Carter County ranks third in the state with five confirmed cases of the virus. The health department attributes the high number of mosquitoes this year to the drought.

When you're more in a drought, the West Nile Fever is higher than when it is raining. The mosquitoes are more out more, and they said that this year, our numbers are actually higher than what they had been over the past four years combined," said Kristi Inselmen, coordinating nurse with the Carter County Health Department.

The health department says you can keep the mosquito population down by disposing of any container with standing water, and by making sure your insect repellent contains DEET.