West Nile virus

Tuesday, May 27th 2003, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

The wet spring in parts of the country not only provides the perfect conditions for mosquitoes to breed, but a strong potential for the return of the West Nile virus.

The virus has already turned up in seven states this year. The Centers for Disease control predicts West Nile will continue to spread and California residents may be the first to contract it this summer.

Here's a look at the statistics from last year in Oklahoma. 441 birds and 965 horses were infected. Mosquitoes gave 21 Oklahomans West Nile, two of them died.

It's important to remember, West Nile is primarily life threatening to those over 50 or those with weak immune systems.