Oklahoma City-County Health Department (OCCHD) epidemiologists will use data from the following sources: temperature, mosquito trap counts, disease rate within captured mosquitoes, complaints from residents, human surveillance which includes West Nile Virus (WNV) cases in the state and throughout the Oklahoma County area to determine the risk.
OCCHD Public Health Specialists and Epidemiologists remind us this is a guide for the entire county. These factors are known to increase the risk of WNV to the residents. This tool is a way to quantitatively and consistently monitor and compare risk of human West Nile infection.
This week’s Skeeter Meter Risk Number is 3.8.
The factors that influence this risk are:
Very High Temperatures
Very High Abundance of Mosquitos
Very High Infection Rate within Captured Mosquitoes
Very Low Complaints
One Human Case of WNV Infection in State
Here is the range:
(1.0-2.5) – Lower activity season
(2.6-4.0) – Normal activity
(4.1-4.4) – Heightened season
(> 4.5) – Very high activity season
Residents can Fight the Bite by using the 3-D’s and a P of mosquito safety:
- DRAIN standing water on your property.
- DEET containing insect repellent when outside. (Picaridin, IR3535 or oil of lemon eucalyptus)
- DRESS in long sleeves and pants that have been sprayed with repellent.
- PROTECT by limiting exposure outside and check window screens