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More County Mosquito Traps Test Positive For West Nile Virus

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Arizona Department of Health Services

Maricopa county is seeing a significant increase in the number of mosquito traps testing positive for West Nile Virus. Officials with the Maricopa County Environmental Health Division say that is due in large part to the amount of moisture the area has received in recent weeks.

Johnny Diloné is a spokesman with the department. He said while those numbers are typically higher in the summer, this year has been particularly bad.

"We have 165 traps that, so far this year, have tested positive for West Nile virus," he said. "And if you compare that to, let’s say, the entire calendar year of 2013 we only had 139."

Diloné added that while West Nile Virus is a serious condition, most mosquito bites won’t result in illness.

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