West Nile likely to worsen, with more cases and deaths


Mary Ann Roser
statesman.com
August 22, 2012

As Texas records more than half of the nation’s cases of West Nile virus in the worst season for the illness ever, federal officials said today that the outbreak is likely to worsen.

The peak of the West Nile season usually occurs in mid-August, but it takes a couple of weeks for new cases to be reported to health authorities, said Dr. Lyle Peterson, director of the Division of Vector-Borne Infectious Diseases for the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

“Cases reported now are from a week or more ago,’” Peterson said. “Thus, we expect many more cases of West Nile virus to be reported.”

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