West Nile Cases Triple in One Week
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|Fri, 08-08-2003 - 1:37pm|
<< This year's West Nile virus outbreak is already outpacing last year's and showing some disturbing new trends that has health officials reaching for the mosquito repellent.
According to the CDC, the number of people infected with the West Nile virus has more than tripled in the last week alone to at least 164 people in 16 states compared to only 112 cases in four states that were reported at this time in 2002. So far this year, the CDC attributes four deaths to the virus.>>
In previous years, the virus primarily affected older people and caused the most serious illness in senior citizens. So far this year, the average age of Americans infected with the West Nile virus is 45 compared to 55 in last year's outbreak. >>