Two die of West Nile virus in Tulsa County; state total rises to seven
BY SHANNON MUCHMORE World Staff Writer
Tuesday, September 04, 2012
9/04/12 at 1:51 PM
Two more Oklahomans -- both from Tulsa County -- have died from West Nile virus, according to the Oklahoma State Department of Health.
The total number of deaths in Oklahoma this summer is now seven. There have been 118 cases, making it the worst year for the virus since 2007, when there were 107 cases.
There have been 74 hospitalizations.
Most of the cases have been of the more severe form of the disease, which can cause high fever, disorientation, convulsions, limb paralysis and coma.
About half of the cases have been in people ages 60 to 79.