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Officials: No link between 2 West Nile cases and flooding

TULSA, Okla. (AP) - Oklahoma health officials say the state's first two cases of West Nile virus this year were not transmitted by bites from the type of mosquitoes that thrive in massive floodwaters like the kind that covered the state the past month.

Tulsa Health Department epidemiologist Nicole Schlaefli (shuh-LAY'-flee) says the variety of mosquito that breeds in floodwaters, the Aedes (AY'-dees) is mainly a nuisance and not a carrier of the disease. She says bites from another type of the insect, the Culex mosquito, likely caused the West Nile cases.

The Oklahoma State Department of Health said Thursday that residents in Okmulgee and McIntosh counties are the state's first two West Nile cases this year.

Summertime typically marks the beginning of the season for the potentially fatal mosquito-borne virus.

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