2 more West Nile-related deaths in Oklahoma

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- The Oklahoma State Department of Health reports two more deaths due to the West Nile virus this week.

The department said Thursday that the virus has now claimed three lives in the state. The latest two deaths happened this week in Oklahoma and Seminole counties. The previous death was in Oklahoma County.

The department says there have been 61 confirmed cases of the virus with 39 of those being the most serious form -- called neuro-invasive.

State epidemiologist Dr. Kristy Bradley says the neuro-invasive cases cause inflammation of the brain and spinal cord.

The symptoms include an inability to walk, mental confusion and disorientation. Some are unable to speak, may lose vision or hearing or suffer paralysis of their legs or arms.
 

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