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Reference Desk August 2012

CDC Reports 693 Cases of West Nile Virus in People

    80% of the cases have been reported from six states

    ATLANTA, Georgia, August 14, 2012—Thus far in 2012, 43 states have reported West Nile virus infections in people, birds, or mosquitoes. A total of 693 cases of West Nile virus disease in people, including 26 deaths, have been reported to CDC. Of these, 406 (59%) were classified as neuroinvasive disease (such as meningitis or encephalitis) and 287 (41%) were classified as non-neuroinvasive disease.

    The 693 cases reported thus far in 2012 is the highest number of West Nile virus disease cases reported to CDC through the second week in August since West Nile virus was first detected in the United States in 1999. Over 80% of the cases have been reported from six states (Texas, Mississippi, Louisiana, Oklahoma, South Dakota, and California) and almost half of all cases have been reported from Texas.

    Click here for more information and CDC resources on the West Nile virus.

    For more information, see Vetlearn's care guide, West Nile Virus and Your Pet.

    Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

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