West Nile Virus has existed in Oklahoma since 2002, as a seasonal outbreak which flares up in the summer and continues into the fall. It’s spread by the bite of infected mosquitoes.
Our worst outbreak was in 2012, when over 50 cases sprang up. Some who get the disease experience no symptoms, while others experience fever, headache, neck stiffness, convulsions, coma, vision loss or paralysis.
We recommend three Ds and P. Wear a repellent containing DEET. DRESS in long sleeves and pants. DRAIN stagnant water around your home and PROTECT by checking window screens. Learn more: www.OCCHD.org/fightthebite.