Death from West Nile virus reported in Maricopa County

Leslie Hanson
July 13, 2019

The Will County Health Department reported a fourth mosquito sample tested positive for West Nile Virus.

"Public Health is working very closely with healthcare providers, Maricopa County Environmental Services and state and federal partners to maintain a strong surveillance system both for humans and mosquitoes, and to put prevention strategies in place", said Dr. Sunenshine. ADPH routinely reports WNV cases and other mosquito-borne diseases statewide. The department says one case of Eastern Equine Encephalitis has also been reported in a horse.

Dr. Caitlin Pedati is the department's medical director and Pedati says that until the state's first hard frost, being outside means there's a risk for West Nile virus infection from mosquitoes.

This is an Aedes albopictus female mosquito obtaining a blood meal from a human host.

The agency has recorded 27 cases of the virus in people so far.

Wear long-sleeved shirts, pants, shoes and socks outdoors whenever possible.

Approximately one in five people who are infected with WNV will develop symptoms such as fever, headache, body aches, joint pains, vomiting, diarrhea or rash.

· Install or fix screens on windows and doors.

When a person is infected, early recognition and prompt supportive treatment for these illnesses can substantially lower the risk of developing severe disease. More information about the virus is available online.

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