Ninth West Nile death reported
BY SHANNON MUCHMORE World staff writer
Thursday, September 27, 2012
9/27/12 at 3:47 PM
Another Oklahoman has died from West Nile Virus in a record-breaking year for the disease.
A person from Muskogee County has died, bringing the total number of dead in Oklahoma this year to nine. There have been 154 cases of West Nile, which breaks the 2007 record of 107 cases.
More than half of the cases have been in people 60 or older, data show.
The virus first appeared in Oklahoma in 2002, according to the Oklahoma State Department of Health.
Health officials recommend people wear insect repellent with DEET, particularly between dusk and dawn. People are also asked to watch their property for standing water, where mosquitoes breed.