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US hit by massive West Nile virus outbreak centred around Texas

BMJ 2012; 345 doi: (Published 21 August 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;345:e5633
  1. Bob Roehr
  1. 1Washington, DC

Texas is at the epicentre of an outbreak of West Nile virus in the United States. At the latest count (17 August) there had been 551 reported cases and 21 deaths in the state this year, compared with only two deaths last year.

The first case of West Nile in Texas was reported on 25 May and the first death on 5 July, Jim Schuermann, a staff epidemiologist with the Texas Department of State Health, told the BMJ. Cases with neuroinvasive disease (305 patients) have outnumbered cases where only fever was reported (246 patients).

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