The West Nile virus takes two lives.  The Maricopa County Department of Public Health has confirmed two deaths from the West Nile Virus.   According to the Department, the first victim was an East Valley man in his early 60.  The second victim was an East Valley woman in her 70’s.  The two victims who succumbed to

the virus also experienced underlying health issues before being infected with the virus.  Steven Goode, Maricopa County Environmental Services Department Director, claims there are 71 confirmed cases of West Nile virus, which is twice as many as reported this time last year.”  West Nile is transmitted through the bite of an infected mosquito and health officials are urging the public to “Fight the Bite” by using insect repellent when you go outdoors.

Kris Dugan