Monsoon season increases the risk of West Nile virus contraction

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YUMA, Arizona (KYMA, KECY) – Arizona health experts say this year’s wet monsoons are adding to a record high season for the West Nile virus, although no cases have been reported in Yuma this year.

The last confirmed case in Yuma County was in 2012, according to the Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHD).

The state of Arizona has reported 123 cases of the West Nile virus and four deaths.

Symptoms are similar to influenza and COVID-19, so much so that it can be confusing.

“Many of the people will basically be asymptomatic, which means they don’t know they have it. Other people have a fever or pain, their headache or backache. They will have some symptoms,” says Regional Center for Border Health Quality Assurance Manager Marisol Penuelas.

The virus is transmitted through mosquito bites.

“There will be those who have more severe symptoms like encephalitis and have a lot more health problems,” explains Penuelas.

People aged 60 and over and those with compromised immune systems are more prone to having severe symptoms, but everyone should be careful.

“The same goes for pregnant women, right. Pregnant women can pass the virus on to their child if they become infected,” says Penuelas.

The Yuma County Public Health Services District (YCPHSD) says the best course of action is prevention. Wearing long sleeved shirts and covering your neck, as well as spraying insect repellant and avoiding puddles, can help. Even a small cap full of water can attract mosquitoes.

Although there is no vaccine for West Nile virus, blood tests for antibodies and PCR tests are available.

Monsoon season increases the risk of West Nile virus contraction is courtesy of AmericanChiropractors

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