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Arizona Flooding Leads to West Nile Virus Concerns
FAIRFAX, Va. (September 16, 2014) – Record-breaking rainfall and flooding in Arizona has created small ponds and water-filled basins, causing concern among public health officials that increased mosquito breeding could occur. There have been four deaths in Arizona so far this year attributed to West Nile virus and the additional breeding grounds could spread the virus across the metro Phoenix area.
Arizona residents are encouraged to check around their homes and yards for standing water and pay close attention to any potential symptoms of West Nile virus. Most infected adults show no symptoms, but symptoms can include fever, headaches, body aches or stiffness. Those with weakened immune systems, including the elderly and young children, are most vulnerable.