August 23rd, 2012
11:00 AM ET

Fast facts on West Nile virus

The recent West Nile virus outbreak is the largest ever seen in the United States, according to new numbers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The number of cases so far this year is the highest recorded through September since the disease was first detected in the United States in 1999. As of Tuesday, 48 states had reported human infections. The cases reported to the CDC as of Tuesday total 2,636, including 118 deaths.

Here are some fast facts about the virus. For more on what you need to know to protect yourself and your family, read Elizabeth Cohen's Empowered Patient column.

Background on the West Nile virus

- Symptoms of infection include: fatigue, fever, headache, body aches, rash, and swollen lymph nodes.

- Those who become ill may develop West Nile encephalitis, an inflammation of the brain.

- There is no vaccine or specific treatment for West Nile virus.

- The virus is spread by mosquitoes, which contract West Nile from infected birds.

- According to the CDC, only 1% of people bitten by West Nile-infected mosquitoes become seriously ill.

- It is not known how the virus arrived in the United States.

2012 - 2,636 cases of the West Nile Virus have been reported in 48 states with 118 deaths, according to the CDC.

2011 - 712 cases of West Nile virus are reported in 44 states and the District of Columbia with 43 deaths.

2010 - 1,021 cases of West Nile virus are reported in 40 states and the District of Columbia with 57 deaths.

2009 - 722 cases of West Nile virus are reported in 37 states and the District of Columbia, with 33 fatalities.

2008 - 1,356 cases of West Nile virus are reported in 42 states, with 44 fatalities.

2007 - 3,598 cases of West Nile virus are reported in 43 states, with 121 fatalities.

2006 - 4,269 cases of West Nile virus are reported in 43 states and the District of Columbia, with 177 fatalities.

2005 - 3,000 cases of West Nile virus are reported in 42 states, with 119 fatalities.

2004 - 2,535 cases of West Nile Virus are identified in 40 states and the District of Columbia, with 98 fatalities.

2003 - 9,862 cases of West Nile Virus are identified in the US (2,947 in Colorado alone), with 264 fatalities.

2002 - 4,156 confirmed or probable cases of West Nile Virus are reported in 39 states and the District of Columbia, with 284 fatalities. Illinois and Michigan were the most affected with 884 and 614 cases respectively.

1999 to 2001 - 149 cases of West Nile virus human illness in the United States are reported to CDC and confirmed, including 18 fatalities.

1999 - The first cases of West Nile encephalitis in the Western Hemisphere are reported in the Bronx and Queens boroughs of New York.

1937 - The first case of West Nile virus is reported in Uganda. It is common throughout Africa, Central Asia, and the Middle East.

For more information visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's West Nile Virus home page.

West Nile blamed in death of Illinois official

West Nile widow knew her husband was going to die

Post by:
Filed under: Conditions • Infectious diseases • Public Health

soundoff (2,088 Responses)
  1. rv parks orange county


    May 21, 2021 at 15:39 | Report abuse | Reply
  2. RV Roof Los Angeles

    This blog was... how do I say it? Relevant!! Finally I've found something which helped me. Kudos!


    May 21, 2021 at 15:54 | Report abuse | Reply
  3. RV Body Shop Near Me


    May 21, 2021 at 15:57 | Report abuse | Reply
  4. mega888sg.com

    I like the valuable information you provide in your articles.
    I will bookmark your blog and check again here regularly.
    I am quite sure I'll learn a lot of new stuff right
    here! Good luck for the next!

    Also visit my web page: akaun test ok388 (mega888sg.com)

    May 21, 2021 at 16:14 | Report abuse | Reply
  5. RV Upgrades Los Angeles

    I couldn’t resist commenting. Perfectly written!


    May 21, 2021 at 17:34 | Report abuse | Reply
  6. truck roof repair


    May 21, 2021 at 19:19 | Report abuse | Reply
  7. truck paint shops near me


    May 21, 2021 at 19:23 | Report abuse | Reply
  8. RV Body Shop California

    Your style is very unique in comparison to other folks I have read stuff from. Many thanks for posting when you've got the opportunity, Guess I will just bookmark this web site.


    May 21, 2021 at 21:21 | Report abuse | Reply
  9. RV Entertainment System Los Angeles


    May 21, 2021 at 22:01 | Report abuse | Reply
  10. painting horse trailers


    May 21, 2021 at 22:41 | Report abuse | Reply
  11. RV Kitchen Riverside


    May 21, 2021 at 23:32 | Report abuse | Reply
  12. airstream restoration california

    Oh my goodness! Awesome article dude! Thank you, However I am experiencing problems with your RSS. I don’t understand why I am unable to join it. Is there anybody else having the same RSS problems? Anybody who knows the solution will you kindly respond? Thanks!!


    May 21, 2021 at 23:50 | Report abuse | Reply
  13. rv fridge repair near me

    Good information. Lucky me I recently found your website by accident (stumbleupon). I have book-marked it for later!


    May 21, 2021 at 23:50 | Report abuse | Reply
  14. RV Furniture Orange County


    May 22, 2021 at 01:55 | Report abuse | Reply
  15. rv repair chino


    May 22, 2021 at 02:42 | Report abuse | Reply
  16. 3win8 game list

    I get pleasure from, cause I found exactly what I was having a look for.
    You have ended my 4 day lengthy hunt! God Bless you man. Have a nice day.

    Look at my homepage – 3win8 game list

    May 22, 2021 at 02:49 | Report abuse | Reply
  17. Social Media Marketing Specialists

    Hi there! This post couldn’t be written much better! Looking at this post reminds me of my previous roommate! He continually kept talking about this. I will forward this article to him. Pretty sure he will have a very good read. Thank you for sharing!


    May 22, 2021 at 03:03 | Report abuse | Reply
  18. rv parts los angeles


    May 22, 2021 at 03:42 | Report abuse | Reply
  19. Content Marketing Service


    May 22, 2021 at 04:22 | Report abuse | Reply
  20. https://918kiss-m.com/epicwin

    We stumbled over here different page and thought I might as well check things out.
    I like what I see so now i am following you. Look forward
    to finding out about your web page yet again.

    My web site; www epicwinapk (https://918kiss-m.com/epicwin)

    May 22, 2021 at 04:49 | Report abuse | Reply
  21. mobile camper repair near me

    bookmarked!!, I like your website!


    May 22, 2021 at 04:53 | Report abuse | Reply
  22. combigan

    combigan eye drops brimonidine tartrate

    May 22, 2021 at 05:34 | Report abuse | Reply
  23. RV Countertops California


    May 22, 2021 at 07:44 | Report abuse | Reply
  24. RV Inspection Los Angeles

    Good blog post. I definitely appreciate this site. Keep writing!


    May 22, 2021 at 09:10 | Report abuse | Reply
  25. rv service and parts near me


    May 22, 2021 at 09:19 | Report abuse | Reply
  26. camper repair service near me

    You have made some good points there. I looked on the web for more information about the issue and found most individuals will go along with your views on this website.


    May 22, 2021 at 09:52 | Report abuse | Reply
  27. RV Remodeling California


    May 22, 2021 at 11:03 | Report abuse | Reply
  28. SEO Marketing Specialist


    May 22, 2021 at 11:54 | Report abuse | Reply
  29. RV Generator Los Angeles


    May 22, 2021 at 13:37 | Report abuse | Reply
  30. Digital Marketing Business


    May 22, 2021 at 13:53 | Report abuse | Reply
  31. toy haulers california

    I could not resist commenting. Very well written!


    May 22, 2021 at 14:58 | Report abuse | Reply
  32. Google Marketing Specialist


    May 22, 2021 at 15:18 | Report abuse | Reply
  33. RV Seats Near Me

    You need to be a part of a contest for one of the best websites on the web. I most certainly will recommend this web site!


    May 22, 2021 at 15:37 | Report abuse | Reply
  34. kats

    Kickass torrent is back and now in partnership with 2 other infamous site.
    Join us at https://katz.to

    Hi to every body, it's my first visit of this weblog;
    this webpage includes awesome and in fact good material for readers.

    May 22, 2021 at 15:47 | Report abuse | Reply
  35. RV Solar Panels Systems California


    May 22, 2021 at 15:47 | Report abuse | Reply
  36. Internet Marketing Consultants


    May 22, 2021 at 17:01 | Report abuse | Reply
  37. how to repair rv plumbing

    You've made some decent points there. I looked on the net for additional information about the issue and found most individuals will go along with your views on this web site.


    May 22, 2021 at 17:47 | Report abuse | Reply
  38. chloroquineorigin

    aralen chloroquine phosphate https://chloroquineorigin.com/ buy chloroquine phosphate tablets clonidin aralen buy online

    May 22, 2021 at 19:01 | Report abuse | Reply
  39. Internet Marketing Experts


    May 22, 2021 at 19:11 | Report abuse | Reply
  40. stake center near me

    Great article! We will be linking to this particularly great content on our website. Keep up the great writing.


    May 22, 2021 at 19:23 | Report abuse | Reply
  41. Content Marketing Company


    May 22, 2021 at 22:58 | Report abuse | Reply
  42. Google Marketing Experts

    Howdy! This article couldn’t be written any better! Looking through this article reminds me of my previous roommate! He continually kept talking about this. I am going to send this article to him. Fairly certain he's going to have a good read. Many thanks for sharing!


    May 23, 2021 at 00:44 | Report abuse | Reply
  43. Emelia Austell

    Have you ever heard of second life (sl for short). It is basically a online game where you can do anything you want. SL is literally my second life (pun intended lol). If you would like to see more you can see these second life websites and blogs


    May 23, 2021 at 02:22 | Report abuse | Reply
  44. RV Countertops Near Me


    May 23, 2021 at 03:02 | Report abuse | Reply
  45. motorhome repair


    May 23, 2021 at 03:20 | Report abuse | Reply
  46. RV Restoration Riverside


    May 23, 2021 at 05:19 | Report abuse | Reply
  47. truck shop orange county california

    Spot on with this write-up, I seriously feel this web site needs a lot more attention. I’ll probably be back again to see more, thanks for the advice!


    May 23, 2021 at 05:58 | Report abuse | Reply
  48. Social Media Marketing Specialist


    May 23, 2021 at 06:16 | Report abuse | Reply
  49. awnings orange county ca


    May 23, 2021 at 12:08 | Report abuse | Reply
  50. rv vinyl wrap

    You are so awesome! I do not suppose I have read through a single thing like this before. So good to find another person with a few original thoughts on this subject. Seriously.. thank you for starting this up. This site is something that's needed on the web, someone with some originality!


    May 23, 2021 at 12:21 | Report abuse | Reply
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42

Leave a Reply to bookstore near me


CNN welcomes a lively and courteous discussion as long as you follow the Rules of Conduct set forth in our Terms of Service. Comments are not pre-screened before they post. You agree that anything you post may be used, along with your name and profile picture, in accordance with our Privacy Policy and the license you have granted pursuant to our Terms of Service.

About this blog

Get a behind-the-scenes look at the latest stories from CNN Chief Medical Correspondent, Dr. Sanjay Gupta, Senior Medical Correspondent Elizabeth Cohen and the CNN Medical Unit producers. They'll share news and views on health and medical trends - info that will help you take better care of yourself and the people you love.