Maricopa County, Arizona is experiencing a surge in mosquitoes with the West Nile virus and officers are urging residents to deprive the critters of their water supply. 

The county, which seats Phoenix, has recorded greater than 200 human instances and 12 deaths as of September 30, in response to statistics from Environmental Companies. In contrast, the county recorded simply three instances final yr, with a single demise.

WNV is unfold primarily by mosquito bites. 
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A kind of who died this yr in Maricopa County is Nathan Ryberg, a former Tempe police detective. Ryberg’s demise was confirmed Thursday, Sept. 23, lower than two weeks after he reportedly went right into a coma whereas preventing the virus. 

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West Nile Virus is a illness brought on by a virus that’s primarily unfold by mosquito bites. There are uncommon instances the place WNV is unfold by blood transfusions, organ transplants, or from a mom to a child, in response to Maricopa County Environmental Companies. Well being specialists say solely about 1 in 5 individuals contaminated will develop any signs. 

County officers are urging residents to take steps to deprive mosquitoes of water, which is required for each stage of the mosquito breeding course of. This may be completed by emptying, draining, or masking all issues that may maintain water. 

County officers are spraying pesticides – or “fogging” – areas which have reported heavy mosquito presence. A county web site reveals which areas have been fogged probably the most in latest weeks. 

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Final yr marked one of many driest monsoon seasons on file. Phoenix has recorded almost 4 inches of rain throughout this yr’s monsoon season. 

The Related Press contributed to this report.