Maricopa County experts confirm that cities like Mesa, Gilbert, Chandler, and Queen Creek, will once again be a hot zone for mosquito and West Nile activity this summer.
Maricopa County Officials Verify West Nile
Last month, Maricopa County officials confirmed the deadly West Nile Virus in some of the mosquitoes found in traps they recently set. This discovery marks the earliest date that the West Nile Virus has been detected in quite some time. This has health officials worried.
Last year, cities in Maricopa County confirmed 76 different human cases of West Nile Virus. Out of these 76 cases, there were two deaths. Additionally, county officials confirmed West Nile in 168 mosquito samples.
Experts fear that 2013’s West Nile numbers will be much greater than last year because of a massive increase in mosquito activity. This increase in activity is due to the particularly wet winter, with above average temperatures this spring.
A Few West Nile Virus Facts
- West Nile is transmitted my mosquitoes who bite infected birds.
- Only one percent of mosquitoes carry West Nile according to the Centers for Disease Control.
- Humans and animals alike can catch the West Nile Virus.
- Approximately 1 out of every 150 people infected with West Nile will ever get sick.
- West Nile symptoms include: high fever, headache, neck stiffness, stupor, disorientation, coma, tremors, convulsions, muscle weakness, vision loss, numbness and paralysis.
- The most serious cases of West Nile can lead to meningitis or encephalitis.
- Currently, there is no human vaccine for the virus.
East Valley Pest Control
Like I mentioned before, the East Valley is a hot bed for mosquito and West Nile activity. If you are seeing a lot of mosquitoes around your Mesa, Gilbert, Chandler, or Queen Creek property; get professional pest control. Don’t mess around with the West Nile Virus.
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