West Nile virus cases up 40% from last week
The CDC repeated its warning that this year may have the highest number of cases since the virus was first found here in 1999.
"We think the numbers may come close to or even exceed the total reported in 2002 and 2003," both of which were severe West Nile virus years, said Lyle Petersen, director of the CDC's Division of Vector-Borne Infectious Diseases.
More than 260 deaths were reported each of those years.
The case count in 2012 is the highest number of West Nile virus disease cases reported through the last week in August ever. Health officials expect the mosquito-borne disease to continue to peak into September and early October, Petersen said.
More than 70% of the cases have been reported from six states: Texas, South Dakota, Mississippi, Oklahoma, Louisiana, and Michigan. Forty-five percent were in Texas.
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