A second West Nile virus case has been confirmed in Ottawa County by the Oklahoma Department of Health.
The health department will not release any information concerning the person, except to say that the individual is recovering from the illness.
“All we can say at this point is thank goodness it is just a confirmed case and not another death,” said Jane Ann Nichols, director of the Ottawa County Health Department.
Last week, an 85-year-old Miami man died from an infection caused by the virus. Healthcare officials say senior citizens and infants are most susceptible to complications brought on by the virus.
In 2006, 48 human cases of West Nile Virus were confirmed in Oklahoma, six of those infected died as a result of the virus.
During Oklahoma's five year experience with West Nile virus, 201 confirmed cases of human disease have been reported; many cases required lengthy hospital stays and 12 Oklahomans have died from this virus.
“The county and city are doing everything possible to prevent the population of infected mosquitoes,” Nichols said. “It's up to the rest of us to do our part.”
The Oklahoma State Department of Health advises use of insect repellants— particularly those containing DEET, picaridin, or oil of lemon eucalyptus — when enjoying outdoor activities like gardening, yard work, camping, or other leisure activities.
The type of mosquitoes that transmit West Nile virus are most active during evening and early morning hours, so it is most important to take mosquito bite precautions during that time of the day.
It is also recommended to drain or treat standing water around your home with a mosquito larvacide to reduce mosquito breeding sites.