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Washington D.C. confirms first West Nile virus death

09-07-2012 07:14 BJT

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Health officials in Washington D.C. has confirmed one death caused by the West Nile virus. This was the first to be reported in the United States capital.

The US is seeing the worst outbreak of the virus this year. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, almost 2000 cases have been confirmed so far across the country. Among them, 87 were fatal.

The situation has deteriorated in the past week, with an increase in infection rates and death rates. 48 states have detected the virus in people, birds or mosquitoes. Over 70 percent of the cases are found in just 6 states - Texas, South Dakota, Mississippi, Oklahoma, Louisiana and Michigan.

West Nile virus is a mosquito-borne illness that can lead to serious neurological disease. Its symptoms include sudden onset of fever, headache, nausea, dizziness and muscle weakness. It was first identified in Uganda in 1937.

Editor:Zhang Jianfeng |Source: CCTV.com

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