West Nile cases hit highest mark since 2003

Through Tuesday, 5,054 cases have been reported in this year’s outbreak of the West Nile virus, the most for that period since 2003, CDC officials said on Wednesday. Ten states account for most of the cases, with Texas reporting more than any other state, and 228 deaths have been recorded. HealthDay News (11/7)

CDC: West Nile epidemic sickens more than 4,500

The CDC reported on Wednesday that 4,531 people have been infected by the West Nile virus, reaching a death toll of 183, up from 168 the previous week. Fifty-one percent of the cases were classified as neuroinvasive disease and 49% as non-neuroinvasive. U.S. News & World Report/HealthDay News (10/17)

West Nile epidemic has likely peaked, CDC says

The number of West Nile virus cases rose 35% since last week with 2,636 cases including 118 deaths, but the outbreak has probably peaked, CDC officials reported on Wednesday. “The worst part of the epidemic is behind us,” CDC’s Lyle Petersen said. WebMD (9/12), Reuters (9/12)

CDC: West Nile virus outbreak on track to be largest in U.S.

The CDC reported that 1,118 people have been infected in 38 states due to the West Nile virus this year. As of Wednesday, 42 people had died. The outbreak is on track to be the worst since the disease was detected in the U.S. in 1999. The cause of the increase is unclear, but warm weather could be a contributing factor, the CDC’s Dr. Lyle Petersen said. HealthDay News (8/22), CNN (8/23)

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