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Oklahoma reports first 2019 West NIle cases

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The Oklahoma State Department of Health said there are confirmed human cases of West Nile Virus in three counties as of June 7, 2019. (KTEN) The Oklahoma State Department of Health said there are confirmed human cases of West Nile Virus in three counties as of June 7, 2019. (KTEN)

It's now officially West Nile virus season in Oklahoma.

The state health department Friday reported the first three human cases of 2019 have been identified in Canadian, Grant and Tulsa counties.

Symptoms of West Nile virus vary, but can include:

  • sudden fever
  • headache
  • dizziness
  • muscle weakness

People older than 50, diabetics or those suffering from uncontrolled hypertension face a greater risk of developing serious illness after contracting WNV.

The Oklahoma State Health Department urges you to use insect repellent when spending time outdoors to reduce the possibility of mosquito bites.

Be sure to also eliminate sources of stagnant water around your home because that's where mosquitoes breed.

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