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Cases of increase in West Nile virus in parts of the United States (VIDEO)

ByRandall B. Phelps

Aug 27, 2022

Although the chances of getting infected are low, officials are trying to educate the public about the virus and ways to protect themselves from it.

West Nile virus cases are increasing in some parts of the country.

Officials in Los Angeles County confirmed the first human cases there, while cases also emerged in Maryland and Massachusetts.

In Arizona, there were a dozen cases of West Nile before the heavy rains this summer. Now the state is reporting double as rains from coast to coast threaten to worsen outbreaks.

“If we continue to experience more storms, more water, more water accumulation and the water remains stagnant for about three to five days, it would be conducive to mosquito breeding, especially since we’re getting warm temperatures,” said Johnny Dilone of Maricopa County, Arizona. Responsible for relations with the environmental services communities.

Although the chances of a person actually contracting the virus are low, it is not a chance that should be taken.

Barbara Puls is still watching her brother-in-law recover from a case last year.

“Their prognosis for walking again is not very good because, like his feet, they have kind of atrophied,” Puls said of his brother-in-law.

Mosquitoes catch the virus by feeding on infected birds. Then they transmit the virus to people through bites.

In the United States, breeding prevention relies in part on keeping insects away, and spraying for them is in full swing.