Huge Rise in West Nile Virus Cases in Merely a Week

Huge Rise in West Nile Virus Cases in Merely a Week

An outbreak of the West Nile virus has again been realized in the United States and this time the same is worst than ever, a recent report claims.

The statement has been made after noticing that in a single week, the virus has infected almost 2,636 people, up from 1,993 on September 2. The infection is being estimated to be the deadliest ever as it has caused some 118 people to die within the same period. The number of fatalities was 87 on Sept. 2.

As per the findings, the mosquito-borne disease was first discovered in the year 1993 in the US only. However, it often does not trigger any serious symptom; it can sometimes lead to encephalitis or meningitis-like severe conditions.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s survey has found that there is a rise by 35%. It is being said that environmental factors may have contributed to the significant increase with warmer-than-usual weather that was realized in late August. Another reason being deemed is mild winter or an early spring.

The Texas Department of State Health Services’ spokeswoman says, “At this point, it is too early to determine if we've reached the peak of West Nile season, which is typically in August".

 

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