Health District reports 2nd human case of West Nile virus

Maricopa County warns of spike in mosquitoes with West Nile Virus

Maricopa County warns of spike in mosquitoes with West Nile Virus

This year, there is more cause for alarm, as officials with the Maricopa County Health Department say cases of West Nile have spiked, and they are anxious the trend will continue.

The Health District reported its first West Nile case of the year in April in a woman over 50, who also contracted the more serious form of the illness.

Officials expect mosquitoes carrying the virus to persist through November.

District manager Gary Goodman said this bird's positive test results provides an early warning sign for the disease. "However, one mosquito can do incredible damage, and we had no idea".

Arizona's monsoon season can be the busiest for West Nile cases.

The mosquitos Maricopa County collects across the Valley may make skins crawl, but the testing reveals valuable information. Just last week, five new West Nile virus-positive birds were reported from Orange County. Then came meningitis and then the West Nile Virus diagnosis.

About 80 percent of people infected with the virus never exhibit symptoms, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Health officials say people can protect themselves from mosquito bites to decrease the risk.

"She had flu-like signs, we obtained her into the hospital the next thing you knew our worst nightmare got here true", mentioned Chris.

Stay indoors at dawn and dusk, when mosquitoes are most active.

Officials encourage the public to report dead birds to the California Department of Public Health hotline at 877-968-2473, and visit www.fightthebite.net to stay informed on mosquito treatments.

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