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Arizona Department of Health Services

The percentage of unvaccinated students in Arizona has been rising the last several years. This year, 6 percent of parents declined to give their kids at least one required vaccine.  Now the Arizona Department of Health Services warns 9 counties in the state don’t have the immunization levels to protect against measles outbreaks, which are happening in other parts of the country. KNAU’s Melissa Sevigny spoke with Jessica Rigler, assistant director of public health.

Jessica, what is your level of concern for Arizona right now?

USDA-APHIS

An outbreak of a deadly chicken virus in California is now in Arizona. Agriculture officials have confirmed the first case in Coconino County of virulent Newcastle disease. It’s an upper respiratory-GI illness that can affect both commercial and backyard chickens. So far it’s the only known case in the state, but there still is reason for concern. KNAU’s Ryan Heinsius spoke with Arizona State Veterinarian Dr. Peter Mundschenk who’s heading up the investigation.


CDC/James Gathany

A study from Flagstaff scientists says West Nile virus now persists year-round in Maricopa County, overwintering inside birds and mosquitoes. KNAU’s Melissa Sevigny reports.

Scientists at Northern Arizona University and the Translational Genomics Research Institute sequenced the virus’ DNA collected from mosquitoes. They identified a strain that entered Maricopa County between 2011 and 2013.

Arizona Department of Health Services

The Arizona Department of Health Services has issued a warning about a syphilis outbreak. 


Tom Murray

Arizona deer and elk are fighting a deadly new insect-borne virus this monsoon season. KNAU’s Aaron Granillo reports.


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