Four More Arizonans Die from West Nile; Hospitals See ‘Fairly Significant’ Amount of Patients

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Public health authorities announced Friday four more Arizonans have died from complications of the West Nile Virus.

The Arizona Department of Health Services updated its data on West Nile Virus instances Friday, showing the new death total for the summer and fall mosquito season has risen to 14. ADHS also increased the state’s probable and confirmed West Nile Virus case count to 256.

Maricopa County is home to the majority of cases. ADHS data shows 207 of the 256 confirmed and probable cases originated in the state’s most populous county. Neighboring Pinal County has had 34 confirmed or probable cases.

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Arizona Experiencing Spike in West Nile Virus Cases

An active monsoon season has brought relief from the summer heat, but Arizona officials are warning the rains have resulted in a spike of mosquito-borne illnesses.

The Maricopa County Department of Public Health is cautioning residents to take preventative measures to deter mosquitoes in announcing the first death attributed to West Nile Virus in 2021.

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