36 West Nile virus human cases in Maricopa County, 1 death

September 1, 2021 GMT

PHOENIX (AP) — Maricopa County health officials said Wednesday that there have been 36 confirmed human cases of the West Nile virus so far this season with one fatality.

County Department of Public Health officials said the person who died was an older adult who also had other health conditions.

They said adults over age 60 and those with chronic health conditions are more at risk for serious complications from the West Nile virus although younger people also can get the mosquito-borne disease.

Last year, Maricopa County had three West Nile cases involving human with one death.

Health officials said with so much rain this summer, Arizonans need to stay mindful of eliminating standing water where mosquitos can breed such as pet dishes, potted plants and even toys.

The West Nile virus is typically spread through the bite of an infected mosquito, but only about 1 in 5 people infected will develop any symptoms.