The Norman Transcript

September 6, 2013

Woman is first 2013 Okla. West Nile virus victim

Associated Press
The Associated Press

OKLAHOMA CITY — An Oklahoma County woman became the first Oklahoman to die of West Nile virus this year, the state Health Department said Thursday.

The woman was 70 to 79 years old and was one of the state’s four recorded cases of the mosquito-borne illness so far in 2013, health officials said. Oklahoma’s first confirmed case was in a female between the ages of 10 and 19 who was diagnosed last month.

The state’s epidemiologist, Dr. Kristy Bradley, said all four confirmed cases have been in Oklahoma County, but that infected mosquitoes also have been detected in Tulsa and Comanche counties.