West Nile Virus Found In Stillwater Mosquitoes

Thursday, June 29th 2006, 9:58 am
By: News On 6

STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) -- Mosquitoes with the potentially deadly West Nile virus have been found in Stillwater near the Oklahoma State veterinary medicine building.

But deputy state epidemiologist Kristy Bradley says a report of a human case of West Nile virus is NOT true.

Officials say this is the first case of West Nile in the state this year and the earliest the disease has been confirmed in the state.

Six people have died of the disease in Oklahoma since monitoring began in 2002, including one last year.

Symptoms include fever, intense headache, extreme tiredness, muscle weakness, and dizziness.

Birds, animals or mosquitoes with the virus have been reported in 23 states this year. and human cases have been reported in Texas, Colorado and Mississippi.