CDC: West Nile virus on the rise

by Carol Thompson

As another infected pool of mosquitoes was found in Oswego County, U.S. officials have announced that West Nile virus is on the increase, having been found in 47 states.

A total of 1,118 cases of West Nile virus disease in people, including 41 deaths, have been reported to the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention.

Of these, 629 (56 percent) were classified as neuroinvasive disease (such as meningitis or encephalitis) and 489 (44 percent) were classified as non-neuroinvasive disease, according to the CDC.

The 1,118 cases reported thus far in 2012 is the highest number of West Nile virus disease cases reported to the CDC through the third week in August since West Nile virus was first detected in the United States in 1999.

Recently, in Onondaga County, an adult fell victim to the disease and in the City of Oswego, a child is reportedly recovering from the virus.

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