TULSA - This is the worst year ever for the West Nile virus in Tulsa.
Five new cases were diagnosed in Tulsa County this week alone, bringing the total to 14. Fifty-five people have obtained the virus statewide.
Officials with the Tulsa Health Department have issued a public health warning.
Eighty-five percent of West Nile cases in the area have occurred in the center of Tulsa.
After the health department is alerted of a case, the area is sprayed with pesticides and traps are set.
"In one block, if you had a 5 gallon bucket half-full of water, that will produce thousands of mosquitos and inundate a several block area," said John Baker, environmental public health manager for Tulsa Health Department.
Baker suggests removing sources of standing water to avoid attracting harmful mosquitos.
Follow this checklist to reduce mosquitoes:
To help reduce your chance of being bitten, take the following precautions:
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