CDC: West Nile virus disease cases up in 2012

A total of 241 cases of West Nile virus disease, including four deaths, have been reported to CDC. Three human cases have been reported in Georgia.

this year.

Three human cases have been reported in Georgia, and a total of 241 cases of West Nile virus disease — including four deaths — have been reported to the CDC.

This is the highest number of cases reported through the end of July since 2004.

"It is not clear why we are seeing more activity than in recent years," said Marc Fischer, medical epidemiologist with CDC’s Arboviral Diseases Branch. "Regardless of the reasons for the increase, people should be aware of the West Nile virus activity in their area and take action to protect themselves and their family."

Almost 80 percent of the cases have been reported from Texas, Mississippi, and Oklahoma. Forty-two states have reported West Nile virus infections in people, birds, or mosquitoes.

The best way to prevent West Nile virus disease is to avoid mosquito bites, CDC experts say.

  • Use insect repellents when you go outdoors. 
  • Wear long sleeves and pants during dawn and dusk.
  • Install or repair screens on windows and doors.  Use air conditioning, if you have it.
  • Empty standing water from items outside your home such as flowerpots, buckets, and kiddie pools.

Find more tips to avoid mosquito bites on the CDC website.

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