Tag: West Nile

West Nile Season Off to the Worst Start Ever in the U.S.

By Sophie Bushwick | August 24, 2012 4:16 pm

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Every summer since West Nile virus’s first U.S. appearance in 1999, Americans have listened to warnings about the mosquito-borne disease and its potentially deadly effects, a severe flu-like fever sometimes accompanied by an even more dangerous brain inflammation. Because the disease—and its attendant worries—recur every year, it’s easy to tune out West Nile coverage. But the Center for Disease Control has announced that this year’s outbreak is shaping up to be one of America’s worst, with the current count at 1,118 cases and 41 deaths. About half the reports come from a single state: Texas.

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