SHANE CONNER ON WEST NILE HURRICANE SWARM
West Nile Virus Hurricane Swarm...
Many might soon be envying drought stricken areas.
The big lingering news about Isaac, long after it's blown out, may become the
mosquito swarms spreading West Nile Virus even further & more threateningly.
Look at where it's already made an impact, before the hurricane...
Latest Update from the CDC, as of August 28, 2012, 48 states have reported
West Nile virus infections in people, birds, or mosquitoes.
A total of 1,590 cases of West Nile virus disease in people, including 66 deaths,
have been reported to CDC. Of these, 889 (56%) were classified as neuroinvasive
disease (such as meningitis or encephalitis) and 701 (44%) were classified as
The 1,590 cases reported thus far in 2012 is the highest number of West Nile
virus disease cases reported to CDC through the last week in August since West
Nile virus was first detected in the United States in 1999.
Over 70 percent of the cases have been reported from six states (Texas, South
Dakota, Mississippi, Oklahoma, Louisiana, and Michigan) and over 45 percent of all
cases have been reported from Texas.
The City of New York is actually conducting aerial spraying in parts of Manhattan,
including portions of Central Park.
Aug 30, 2012