Arizona is suffering from a rare outbreak of the deadly West Nile Virus that has killed 14 Arizonans this summer.
The Arizona Department of Health Services has updated its case count to 256 as of Friday.
Thanks to an exceptionally wet monsoon season, Arizona’s mosquito population has exploded exponentially. Mosquitos are the primary vector for West Nile Virus.
Dr. Marjorie Bessel, chief clinical officer at Banner Health, announced that “At this time, we really are not having the same experience as some of the other health care systems, where we are aware that they are having some increased cases of West Nile Virus.”
News of a West Nile Virus outbreak has understandably caused considerable concern for Americans, but the danger of a widespread outbreak is low.
For those who are living in areas that have seen an increase in cases, it is recommended to make liberal use of bug spray and wear clothes that cover the whole body if possible.
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