Published in TB and Outbreaks Week, November 30th, 2004
CDC data shows 2,282 people have been sickened by the mosquito-borne virus and 77 have died. This time last year, there were 8,219 illnesses and 182 deaths.
The virus went on to sicken 9,858 and kill 262 in 2003. There were 4,156 cases and 284 deaths in 2002.
The numbers of cases in 2002 and 2003 in the United States reflected the largest West Nile epidemics ever recorded, said Ned Hayes, MD, a CDC West Nile expert.
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