Health Department says it has confirmed seven mosquito trap samples in Tulsa County have tested positive for West Nile Virus.
The department says it operates a mosquito surveillance program in order to confirm when the virus is present. Officials say the traps are set in numerous locations across Tulsa County. Samples are collected and tested weekly for the presence of West Nile Virus.
The health department says the latest samples that tested positive were found in north and south Tulsa.
The months of July through October according to Tulsa Health Department are typically the highest risk months for exposure to West Nile Virus in the state, however, THD begins its mosquito surveillance program in May.
“Our mosquito surveillance program is vigilant in testing for West Nile virus,” said Bernard Dindy, Tulsa Health Department environmental health services program manager.
“But more importantly, we work proactively to control the mosquito population by larviciding to kill the eggs before they become adults. We routinely test 50-60 pools weekly, and once a positive sample is identified we are aggressive in implementing mosquito control methods in the area and informing the public so they can protect themselves.”
West Nile virus is spread through the bite of an infected mosquito.
To place a complaint about mosquitoes in your area, call the health department at 918-595-4219. To report standing or stagnant water call 918-595-4200.