Transcript for West Nile Virus Kills 66 in One Week
Tonight, almost every state in the country is on alert for the still looming threat of west nile virus. Those mos tito bites that can be deadly. And the cdc warned today that more deaths are almost sure to come. Abc's neal karlinsky has those details. Reporter: Despite early warnings, ground and aerial spraying, tonight health officials say the west nile virus is spreading. Making this possibly the worst year on record for the illness. In just a week, cases have jumped 40% to 1,590. 66 people have died. With the season now hitting its peak, the centers for disease control is concerned. The virus, which is spread by mosquitoes, is a national problem. But the majority of cases fall into very specific areas. Texas, south dakota, mississippi, oklahoma, louisiana and michigan are bearing the brunt of the problem, with more than 70% of all reported cases. And while most who contract west nile won't get sick, for those over 50 with weak immune systems, it's proving deadly. Neal karlinsky, abc news,
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