The West Nile Virus makes the second victim in 2015, according to Oklahoma state officials. It seems that a person aged 65 recently died after being infected, according to a report released by the Stephens County Health Department.
The first death related to the virus was reported last week by San Bernardino County Health officials. The person, whose name and details were not released to the press, died in Carter County, in the Southern part of Oklahoma.
Until now, it was reported that 21 people have been infected with the West Nile Virus. Almost a dozen of them needed hospitalization.
However, there are far more people who have probably been bitten by an infected mosquito, but most of them are unaware of this, because there are no symptoms to show they have a condition. It was estimated that about 80 percent of the infected people will not get sick.
The virus is normally spread through the Culex mosquito. These insects sometimes feed on sick birds that have been infected themselves and can give the virus to various mammals, including humans.
People usually need to be on the lookout for this mosquito during the hot summer days. Thus, it is more prevalent from July to late summer or autumn, when the weather is drier than in the rest of the year.
“Although we cannot predict the severity of this year’s West Nile virus season, it is important for everyone to know the highest risk months in Oklahoma for exposure occur from July through October,” said Mike Milton, who is the regional director of Stephens County.
Even if most people don’t become ill after being bitten, it is uncertain how each individual’s body is going to react to the virus, so it is better to take preventive measures.
People who already suffer from various conditions, such as diabetes or hypertension and those who are older than 50 are more at risk of developing symptoms associated with the virus. These symptoms include dizziness, fever, headaches and muscle weakness. If complications occur, it can impair the person’s central nervous system.
Therefore, people need to protect themselves and the loved ones by using insect repellent on skin and clothes when they go outside, especially in the evening or late afternoon. They also need to make sure the mosquitoes can’t enter their homes by placing door and window screens and removing any standing water in their gardens to keep mosquitoes from breeding.
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