- Associated Press - Thursday, June 4, 2015

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - The Oklahoma Department of Health says the first two cases of West Nile virus this year have been confirmed in residents of Okmulgee and McIntosh counties.

Spokeswoman Jamie Dukes said Thursday the McIntosh County resident was between the ages of 5 and 17, and the Okmulgee County resident was between the ages of 18 and 49. No other information, including the patients’ gender, was available.

Summertime typically marks the beginning of the season for the mosquito-borne virus in Oklahoma. The highest risk months for exposure to the virus are from July through October.

Last year, 17 cases of the potentially deadly virus were recorded in the state but there were no deaths. There were 84 cases in 2013 and eight deaths. In 2012, there were 176 cases and 15 deaths.

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