CASA GRANDE, AZ - The first case of West Nile Virus has been confirmed in Casa Grande, according to the Pinal County Public Health Services District.
This is the first West Nile Virus case confirmed so far in 2014 as well as in Arizona, the health services department says.
The Pinal County Health Services District has been patrolling the area since April, testing for the virus and attempting to eliminate mosquitos likely to carry the disease, a news release states. Since the virus has been seen this year, the organization is set to increase their efforts.
To avoid getting West Nile Virus, officials recommend eliminating standing water, frequently changing water that must be outside, wearing mosquito repellent especially at dusk or dawn, keeping pools operational and fixing damaged screens.
Likewise, take precautions to protect your pets. Horses can get the virus and can be vaccinated by veterinarians.
In 2013, Pinal County saw two cases of the virus, while Arizona saw 62 cases, six of which resulted in death.
Common symptoms of the virus include body aches, fever, headache and tiredness, but the virus can result in long-term damage.