West Nile Virus is an infection we seen now every summer her in Phoenix. It is an uncommon viral infection transmitted by misquitos and can cause meningitis and encephalitis (brain infection)
Although only 60-70 cases are seen in Phoenix each year, there are many more cases that fortunately remain minimally symptomatic, and thus are not identified.
Preventing the infection is the only real and effective therapy, so if you live in a part of The Valley that sees misquito bites, do make efforts to use DEET containing misquito repellants like OFF.
Recognize West Nile infection by its symptoms of: Fever, aches, chills, associated with severe headache. If you have concerns, please come in to be checked, but for now, take precautions to reduce your exposure to misquitos and use your repellants.