Mosquitoes trapped in Tulsa County have tested positive for West Nile virus, the Tulsa Health Department announced Friday. The positive sample was taken just east of the Fairgrounds.
"It is important for residents to remember to take precautions against WNV and other mosquito borne illness," a news release states.
"At this time, there have been no confirmed cases of WNV in humans in Tulsa County this year."
Among the precautions to take against mosquito bites are the following:
Workers have tested 226 traps this year and this is the first that has tested positive.
The health department said traps are spread out over 25 to 30 different locations each week. Once a sample is identified as positive, the health department begins aggressive mosquito control in the area.
There are no known human cases of the virus reported this year, but the health department said people need to protect themselves.
"It only takes one biter to potentially be infected with a very serious disease, so wear the repellants, avoid being outside outside, and that could avoid you or your friend and family from possibly obtaining a very serious disease," said Scott Meador with the Tulsa Health Department.
The health department has a mosquito hot line, so if you have a complaint about your area in Tulsa County, you can call 918-595-4219.