FLORENCE, Ariz. – Pinal County is reporting its first human case of West
Nile virus this year.
County health officials say a woman in her 30s from the northern Florence area
has tested positive. Her name hasn’t been released, but her prognosis is good
and she has reported only mild symptoms so far.
Countywide surveillance activities have detected mosquitoes carrying the virus
in Maricopa, San Tan Valley, Arizona City, Florence and Coolidge.
Seven human cases of West Nile have been identified statewide this year
including six in Maricopa County. Several other potential human cases are under
investigation by state health officials.
Common symptoms of West Nile virus include fever, nausea, headache and muscle
State health data shows that Arizona had 67 cases of West Nile last year, four
of which were fatal.