- Associated Press - Friday, August 21, 2015

PHOENIX (AP) - Maricopa County officials are urging residents to take measures in the wake of two mosquito-borne disease outbreaks.

The county Department of Public Health and the Arizona Department of Health Services said Thursday they are looking into two simultaneous outbreaks of West Nile Virus and St. Louis Encephalitis.

Health officials say they are stressing the importance of preventing mosquito bites.

They say residents should apply insect repellent and cover up when outside.

Other strategies include making sure there are no places around the home where mosquitoes can breed.

There are currently 46 cases of West Nile and a dozen cases of Encephalitis statewide.

Officials say three people have died from West Nile, including two in Maricopa County.

They are awaiting confirmation that one death in Maricopa County was from Encephalitis.

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