Two cases of West Nile virus in Oklahoma County

Tuesday, September 30th 2003, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

(Oklahoma City-AP) -- Two people, a 46-year-old man and a 49-year-old woman, have been diagnosed with West Nile virus in Oklahoma County.

They're the first confirmed cases of the disease in the county this year. But county health officials say more cases are possible.

Doctor Paul Dungan, director of the Oklahoma City-County Health Department, says that with cooler weather, more people are spending time outdoors. That makes them more likely to be bitten by mosquitoes, which carry the virus.

Dungan says mosquito season in Oklahoma can last through October.

The county's two West Nile cases were diagnosed this week but are not related. The man's travel history makes it likely that he was infected out of state.