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Recent West Nile Virus Outbreak Largest Ever In United States

Michael Juliani |
August 22, 2012 | 10:45 a.m. PDT

Executive Producer

People over 50 are most susceptible to West Nile Virus.  (Wikimedia Commons)
People over 50 are most susceptible to West Nile Virus. (Wikimedia Commons)

The recent outbreak of West Nile virus is the largest ever seen in the United States, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said today, according to CNN.

Thirty-eight states have reported human infections of West Nile, with 1,118 cases total, including 41 deaths.

"The peak of West Nile virus epidemics usually occurs in mid-August, but it takes a couple of weeks for people to get sick, go to the doctor and get reported," Dr. Lyle Peterson, the director of the CDC's Vector-Borne Infectious Disease Division, said.  "Thus we expect many more cases to occur.

CNN said that about 75% of the cases are in Texas, Mississippi, Louisiana, South Dakota and Oklahoma.  

In Texas, there have been 586 cases and 21 deaths, according to the Texas Department of State Health Services.



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