Record number of cases of West Nile in Maricopa County in 2021

PHOENIX – Maricopa County now reports 704 cases of West Nile in humans, exceeding the record set in 2004, which was 355 cases.

The county also reports 54 deaths due to the virus in 2021.

“Right now, in terms of health, I still can’t really drive a car or go to yoga school, go to work, and it’s not great, but I’m hanging in there,” said Diana Scorza, a Valley DJ.

Scorza also goes by the name Nina D on the radio.

She told ABC15 that she was surprised when she was diagnosed with the virus a few months ago. Since then, she has had symptoms such as fatigue and brain fog.

“It was probably the scariest thing about the height of the symptoms,” she said.

“And then the fever because I thought I had COVID, so it was scary too,” Scorza added.

According to the CDC, most people with West Nile will not get any symptoms. However, there are no vaccines, so doctors can only treat the symptoms.

Scorza said she used painkillers to begin with, but will switch to more natural remedies in the near future.

According to Scorza, she was bitten by a mosquito as she relaxed outside. Eventually, she was diagnosed by a healthcare provider during a telemedicine visit.

“I did, as people do, when you go on the Internet and connected random diseases, and I thought of random things, anything but the West Nile Virus,” she said.

Meanwhile, officials from the county’s environmental services department are trying to prevent others from being bitten.

The county says they use traps and monitor mosquito breeding areas.

“So we’ve identified thousands of areas in terms of mosquito breeding,” said Johnny Diloné, a spokesman for the Maricopa Environmental Services Department.

“And we go there to monitor the area and see if we see any mosquito fry, a source to be treated,” he added.

For more information on the county’s efforts or to report mosquito problems, visit FightTheBiteMaricopa.org

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