Tulsa County reports first cases of West Nile

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Tulsa County health officials say the first two cases of West Nile virus in humans in the county for this year have been confirmed.

The county Health Department confirmed the cases Thursday.

Statewide — the Oklahoma State Department of Health reports a total of 22 cases of West Nile virus thus far in 2013, including one person who has died. Nearly half of the total cases — 10 — and the one death have been in Oklahoma County.

The virus is spread through the bite of an infected mosquito. Symptoms include sudden onset of fever, headache, dizziness, and muscle weakness. Long-lasting complications can include difficulty concentrating, migraine headaches, extreme muscle weakness and tremors, and paralysis.

A record 176 cases were recorded last year with 15 resulting in death.

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