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West Nile Virus Dangers Increasing

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Cooler weather and more rain could increase our mosquito problem and the risks of catching the West Nile virus.

The State Department of Health is reporting 7 news cases.

Oklahoma has now had 72 cases this year, but no new deaths were reported.

State Health Commissioner Dr. Terry Cline says people need to be on the alert.

They should deal get rid of standing water sources and use insect repellent when outdoors.

Cline says late August and September are peak periods of virus transmission in Oklahoma.

He suggests using an EPA-registered insect repellent, such as those containing DEET, picaridin, or oil of lemon eucalyptus.

The OSDH offered these insect repellent recommendations:

-Products containing up to 30 percent DEET can be used on children.

-Use aerosols or pump sprays for skin and treating clothing, because they provide even application.

-Use liquids, creams, lotions, towelettes or sticks for more precise application to exposed skin.

-After outdoor activity, wash repellent-treated skin with soap and water.

-Don't over apply or saturate skin or clothing.

-Don't apply to skin under clothing.

-Don't apply more frequently than directed on the product label.



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