Crews fogging to prevent the spread of West Nile Virus and Skeeter Syndrome

GILBERT, AZ - Crews from the Maricopa County Department of Public Health and Environmental Services planned to fog Scottsdale and parts of the East Valley early Thursday morning to kill mosquitoes in the area.

The trucks were scheduled to be out from midnight until around 5 a.m., according to the department's website.

So far this year, six people in Maricopa County have been confirmed with the West Nile Virus, one person has died.

While the majority of people will not become infected with West Nile Virus, some people will have severe allergic reactions to the bites with intense swelling and redness, a condition known as Skeeter Syndrome.

Maricopa County suggests the following four steps to prevent mosquito growth on your property.

-Wear lightweight clothing that covers your arms and legs when mosquitoes are active (dusk and dawn) and use an insect repellent containing DEET if you must be outdoors.

-Eliminate mosquito-breeding sites around your property. Drain standing water in potted plants, tires and other containers.

-Install or repair window and door screens to keep mosquitoes out of the home.

-Keep fountains, animal troughs and swimming pools properly operating and free from debris.

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