Health officials confirm mosquito with West Nile in AZ

May 28, 2010 by  
Filed under Trail Boss News

PHOENIX (AP) – The Maricopa County Environmental Services Department said it has confirmed the first positive mosquito sample of West Nile virus. The discovery was made in Gilbert.West Nile virus is transmitted to humans by the bite of an infected mosquito. Health officials say approximately 20 percent of people infected with West Nile virus will feel flu-like symptoms occurring three to 15 days after the mosquito bite. A small percentage of people who are infected with West Nile will experience severe symptoms such as meningitis, encephalitis, paralysis or even death. Health officials urge the public to remove standing water in potted plants, tires, bird baths and other containers where water may collect and mosquitoes can breed.

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