Mosquitoes carrying West Nile detected in Tulsa

Posted at 10:01 AM, Jun 07, 2016
and last updated 2016-06-07 11:01:52-04

TULSA -- Tulsa county health officials say several mosquitoes have tested positive for the West Nile Virus.

Officials say at this time, there have been no confirmed cases of the West Nile Virus in humans in Tulsa County this year.

According to the department, July through October are the highest risk months to exposure to the virus.

The Tulsa Health Department is reminding people to take precautions against mosquito bites.

Below is a list provided by the department of ways to prevent mosquito bites.

  1. Prevent items such as buckets, cans, pool covers, flower pots, and tires from holding standing water so mosquitoes don’t have a place to breed.
  2. Use an insect repellent containing DEET on exposed skin and clothing when you go outdoors, particularly if you are outside between dusk and dawn when mosquitoes are more likely to bite. (Insect repellent with permethrin should be used on clothing only.)
  3. Repair or install window and door screens to keep mosquitoes out of your home.
  4. Empty your pet’s outdoor water bowl and refill daily.
  5. Clean leaves and debris from rain gutters regularly to ensure they are not clogged.

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