MuskogeePhoenix.com, Muskogee, OK

Oklahoma News

November 1, 2012

Human West Nile cases level off; equine cases rise

— OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The number of human cases of West Nile Virus has leveled off in Oklahoma while the number in horses has risen sharply in the past two months.

The state Health Department on Thursday reported 176 cases and 12 deaths this year due to the virus — an increase of one case since Tuesday and up by six from two weeks ago. The state epidemiologist, Dr. Kristy Bradley, says a recent light freeze and cooler temperatures have slowed the activity of the mosquito that carries the virus.

Although the increase in human cases has slowed, the number of cases in horses has jumped from two at the end of August to 39.

The state veterinarian, Dr. Rod Hall, says the cause isn't clear and encourages horse owners to vaccinate their animals.

 

1
Text Only
Oklahoma News
AP Video
Obama Hopeful on Ukraine, Will Watch Russians Flamingo Frenzy Ahead of Zoo Construction Crew Criticized Over Handling of Ferry Disaster Agreement Reached to Calm Ukraine Tensions Raw: Pope Francis Performs Pre-easter Ritual Raw: Bulgarian Monastery Dyes 5000 Easter Eggs Diplomats Reach Deal to Ease Tensions in Ukraine U.S. Sending Nonlethal Aid to Ukraine Military Holder: Americans Stand With KC Mourners Obama Greets Wounded Warriors Malaysia Plane: Ocean Floor Images 'Very Clear' Sparks Fly With Derulo and Jordin on New Album Franco Leads Star-studded Broadway Cast Raw: Two Lucky Kids Get Ride in Popemobile Boston Bombing Survivors One Year Later Sister of Slain MIT Officer Reflects on Bombing
Poll

Should a federal judge have the power to strike down Oklahoma's ban on gay marriage?

Yes
No
     View Results
Featured Ads
Parade
Magazine

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.
Stocks