7 Dead in Arizona; African Virus To Blame

“THE APPROXIMATE GLOBAL DISTRIBUTION OF WEST NILE VIRUS.” (CDC, 2006)

“Affect the nerves, the brain and the spinal cord”

7 dead in Maricopa County due to virus

| PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) – Health officials are calling it “one of the biggest seasons” for West Nile virus in Maricopa County.

As of Aug. 9, seven people have died this year because of the virus in the county.

Dr. Rebecca Sunenshine said there have been 107 confirmed cases in the area. That’s four times the number of cases in all of 2018.

“The vast majority of them are the severe kind that affect the nerves, the brain and the spinal cord,” said Sunenshine. “There’s probably a lot more out there.”

It’s unclear what has led to the rise in West Nile virus cases.

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