West Nile virus hotline setup in Oklahoma

Thursday, June 20th 2002, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

A potentially deadly disease is knocking on Oklahoma's door, health experts say they expect West Nile virus to strike this year.

Mosquitoes carry the virus and spread it to birds, horses and people. 27 states east of Oklahoma have already encountered West Nile, when they began to notice large numbers of dead birds. That's the early warning sign.

You can be part of Oklahoma's "On Watch" program by reporting dead birds, especially crows, blue jays, hawks, owls or eagles. You can call 1-800-990-CROW during regular business hours.