1,590 West Nile Virus Infections And 66 Deaths, Says CDCPosted: August 30, 2012
The CDC added that the numbers of reported cases of West Nile virus infections so far this year are the highest since 1999, when it was first detected in the USA. Texas accounts for 45% of all cases. Michigan, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Mississippi, South Dakota and Texas account for 70%. The only states with no human infections so far are Alaska and Hawaii.
Dr. Lyle Petersen, director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Division of Vector-Borne Infectious Diseases, said it is not possible to accurately predict what the total numbers will be for the whole of 2012. However based on reports that have come in so far, the CDC believes it will exceed the 2002-2003 record years when over 3,000 infections were reported and over 260 people died each year.
US public health authorities base their estimates on reports of neuroinvasive disease, because cases of West Nile fever (non-neuroinvasive disease) are commonly underreported.