Tulsa Health Department confirmed that the West Nile virus is in Tulsa County. The infected mosquito was trapped in Midtown in the square mile between the 11th and 21st and Yale at Sheridan.
Now, health experts and a survivor warn the public to take extra precautions.
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"When it hit me, I could not move the day I met, my wife said, "Well, let's go to bed." It hit me in the chair … I lost all my strength, my whole body, everything, "said Hal Dalton.
Doctors diagnosed Dalton with the West Nile virus six years ago. Since then, the 84-year-old McAlester man has not hiked. He has been blind for six weeks and can only partially see from his right eye.
But that does not stop him.
"When that first happened, my wife and I both said, 'It's what it is' and' We'll deal with it. I was never down. I have always been awake, and I have a lot of family around me, and that helps me, "he said.
To this day, Dalton does not know exactly when and where the mosquito bit him because he could not [1
"We always encourage people when they go outside to wear an approved antibody containing DEET or picaridine, and that helps some Keeping mosquitoes out of your unprotected skin, "said Scott Meador of the Tulsa Health Department.
Every week, the Tulsa Health Department exhibits 25 to 30 traps in various locations.
Workers have tested 226 traps this year, until now, and this is the first positive result.
They are now starting aggressive mosquito control in this part of Tulsa.
Meador also said that there is one simple thing you can do to keep that bug n chess.
"Well, if you have stagnant water in your garden, do not forget it," he says.
If you have a complaint about mosquitoes in your area of Tulsa County, call the Health Department's mosquito hotline at 918-595-4219.