Texas Declares Worst Record in West Nile Virus

The State of Texas has declared 2012 its worst year for West Nile virus as half of the number of deaths from the illness in the United States come from the biggest state.

At least 43 people have died from West Nile in Texas, where the Department of State Health Services has recorded at least 510 cases of neuroinvasive West Nile, the most serious form of the illness since it affects the nervous system. The record is already worse compared in 2003, when the state had 439 neuroinvasive cases and 40 deaths.

Health officials say the numbers are expected to increase until mid-October, while it already reached its peak in August, especially in hard-hit northern areas that includes Dallas and Fort Worth.

Source: Huffington Post

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