A Texoma man has died of West Nile Virus, bringing the death toll in Oklahoma to four for 2012.
WNV was claimed the life of Bill Brady, a 77 year old man from Healdton, OK., who was undergoing care at Mercy Hospital in OKC.
Family members say Brady learned he had the virus just a few weeks before his death. His
family members say dealing with the West Nile Virus firsthand has been life changing, and asks everyone to protect themselves and wear bug spray with DEET.
Oklahoma isn’t the only state to deal with WNV, North Texas has reported another death this year, bringing the death toll in the Dallas-Fort Work area to at least 19. For the state of Texas, this brings the death toll to at least 29 this year.
The Dallas area has been the focus of this year's U.S. outbreak. Almost 290 human cases have been confirmed in Dallas County alone, which has begun aerial spraying for mosquitoes.
Mosquitoes spread the virus from birds to people. One in 150 infected people develop severe symptoms including neck stiffness, disorientation, coma and paralysis.
Make sure you and your family take the appropriate steps in safeguarding yourselves from WNV. Use bug sprays that contain DEET, wear long sleeves and pants, use mosquito netting or limit your time outside during early morning and late in the afternoon when temperatures are cooler.
Also, remove any standing water which mosquitoes could lay larva in (i.e. change out water for outside animals daily or weekly for larger amounts of water, flip buckets, boats or anything else that can collect water).