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West Nile virus season close to finish line

Maricopa County officials said the West Nile virus season is all but done in the Valley.

David Guerrieri with Maricopa County Vector Control said it has been almost three weeks since any samples tested positive. Still, crews will be going out after midnight to spray for mosquitoes in the East Valley -- Chandler, Gilbert and Mesa -- if weather permits.

"If it's windy the mosquitoes will not fly through the fog and it's a waste of money," he said.

He added the number of West Nile cases this year have been on par with average seasons in Maricopa County.

The drop in temperatures will help push the mosquitoes into their winter stage.

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Position: Senior News Reporter. Started with KTAR July 4, 1999.

Favorite spots in Arizona: Pinetop-Lakeside, Alpine, Greer.

Have covered some of the biggest stories in Arizona including nine of the top 10 largest wildfires in state history. The Wallow Fire in 2011 became the largest fire in state history. Rodeo-Chediski Fire in June 2002, which is the second largest fire in Arizona. Covered the Yarnell Hill Tragedy in June 2013 that left 19 Granite Mountain Hotshots dead.

Favorite movies: True Grit, both 1969 John Wayne classic and the remake with Jeff Bridges and Lonesome Dove.

Sports Teams: Washington State University Cougars, Texas Longhorns, The University of Montana Grizzlies.


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