Environmental Services Department has confirmed the first West Nile virus (WNV) positive mosquito sample of this season in the East Valley.
Maricopa County Environmental Services Department has confirmed the first West Nile virus (WNV) positive mosquito sample of this season in the East Valley.
“Through our routine year-round surveillance of collecting and testing mosquitoes throughout the county, the West Nile virus positive mosquito sample was discovered,” said Steven Goode, Maricopa County Environmental Services Director. “Effectively controlling and eliminating mosquito breeding places results in reduced cases of West Nile virus and any other mosquito-borne diseases”.
Vector Control Division Manager, John Townsend, reminds us that “we all must make an effort to rid our homes of any standing water where mosquitoes can breed,” At the same time, while we enjoy the outdoors it is important to protect ourselves from mosquitoes. “Besides preventing mosquitoes from breeding in your yard, it is important to protect yourself from being bitten,” said Townsend.
WNV is transmitted to humans by the bite of an infected mosquito. Approximately 20 percent of people infected with West Nile virus will feel flu-like symptoms occurring three to 15 days after the mosquito bite. Symptoms may include fever, headache, nausea, vomiting, swollen lymph glands, and skin rash.
A small percentage of people who are infected with WNV will experience severe symptoms such as meningitis, encephalitis, paralysis or even death. Persons over the age of 50 are generally at a higher risk for severe symptoms. If a person thinks he or she has WNV symptoms, he or she should consult their health care provider.
For more information or to report a mosquito problem in your area, call (602) 506-0700 or visit FightTheBiteMaricopa.org.