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Though the chances of getting infected are low, officials are trying to make the public aware of the virus and how to protect against it.
Cases of the West Nile virus are increasing in some parts of the country.
Officials in Los Angeles County have confirmed the first human cases there, while cases have also popped up in Maryland and Massachusetts.
In Arizona, there were a dozen cases of West Nile before heavy rains this summer. Now the state is reporting twice that, as rains coast-to-coast threaten to make outbreaks worse.
"If we keep experiencing more storms, more water, more accumulation of water and that water remains stagnant for around three to five days, that would be conducive to mosquito breeding, especially as we get warm temperatures," said Johnny Dilone, Maricopa County Arizona Environmental Services community relations manager.
While the chances of a person actually getting the virus are low, it's not a chance one should take.
Barbara Puls is still watching her brother-in-law recover from a case last year.
"Their prognosis for walking again is not very good because like his feet have sort of atrophied," Puls said of her brother-in-law.
Mosquitoes get the virus from feeding on infected birds. Then they pass the virus on to people through bites.
Across the U.S., preventing breeding in part relies on keeping the bugs away, and spraying for them is booming.
Thousands from around the globe will be casting votes for their favorite fat bear as the animals begin stuffing up for winter.
Elon Musk says his brain implant device company Neuralink is ready for human trials, but a report says test monkeys died in the animal trials.
A necropsy determined that a black bear had garbage in its stomach, causing officials to say it was a "horrific way to die."
The White House says the president hopes to encourage all Americans to follow his example and get vaccinated.
This week, the Writers Guild of America and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers resumed talks, but no deal has been announced yet.
The southwest border saw 2.2 million migrant encounters this fiscal year, closing in on last year's 2.4 million.