09-08-06 - The weather may be getting cooler, but the risk of West Nile Virus is not going away. An Ardmore resident lost his life to the virus over the weekend and a new case just popped up this past week. There has been more cases of West Nile reported in Ardmore this year than the last four years combined and now the city is going the extra mile to make sure another resident does not fall victim.
An elderly man was the virus’ last victim and now another man over 65 is in the hospital suffering from classic symptoms, which makes six cases in Ardmore this year. City officials are working over time to eradicate pests. They are spraying every night and setting traps.
Any mosquitoes they catch are taken to OSU for lab testing to determine whether those critters contain the West Nile Virus. But the city can only do so much and it is up to people to protect themselves.
Health officials urge you to wear repellent whenever you leave the house. Repellents containing DEET provide the best protection against mosquitoes.
Marshall, Jefferson, and Pontotoc Counties each have reported one case of the virus within this year.