West Nile Epidemic
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West Nile Epidemic: Worst Since 2003 But Fading
The CDC has reported that the number of people in the US infected with West Nile virus has reached 5,054 with Texas being the hardest hit. To date, Texas has reported 1,684 cases with 76 deaths. People over age 50 and those with any immune compromise are at greatest risk. There is not a vaccine or treatment at this time for the disease. Mosquito season is winding down and the rate of new cases is steadily diminishing.
Most infections go undetected with no symptoms or very mild symptoms including headache, fever, rash, joint pain and enlarged lymph nodes. About 50% of those diagnosed have mild disease and 50% have serious neurologic disease including meningitis and encephalitis.
Mosquito prevention techniques are recommended such as repellents, staying indoors with AC and windows/doors closed, long sleeves and removing standing water containers.