West Nile virus threat not as serious in Oklahoma

OKLAHOMA CITY,OK. (AP) - The state Department of Health says the West Nile virus isn't as serious a health threat in Oklahoma as it used to be.
According to Health Department statistics, there were 329 in cases and 20 deaths from West Nile virus in the state from 2002 to 2011.

The Oklahoman reports the worst year for the disease in Oklahoma was 2007, when 107 cases and eight deaths were reported.

Only one human virus case was recorded in 2011, and it wasn't fatal. Health officials say there hasn't been a West Nile virus death in Oklahoma since 2009.

Health officials say drought conditions for the past two years have had an effect because a lack of moisture reduced the state's mosquito population.

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