West Nile virus cases hit 1,590; death toll at 66

Aug 31 2012

FILE - In a Thursday, Aug. 16, 2012 file photo, dead mosquitos are lined up waiting to be sorted at the Dallas County mosquito lab in Dallas. Federal health officials said Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2012 that West Nile virus cases are up 40 percent since last week and may rival the record years of 2002 and 2003. (AP Photo/LM Otero, File)Reports of West Nile virus infection in the country now total 1,590, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Wednesday — an increase of more than 40 percent in one week alone.

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