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Sep 07, 2012

Sep 07, 2012

West Nile surge pushes supply of test kits

(CIDRAP News) – The surge in West Nile virus (WNV) infections in many states over the summer led to a temporary shortage of diagnostic test kits that at one point halted testing at some commercial and local labs and led one state to warn health providers to reserve the tests for the most seriously ill patients.

Sep 05, 2012

Sep 05, 2012

West Nile virus cases continue record pace

(CIDRAP News) – The number of West Nile virus cases in the United States this year has jumped by about 25% in the past week, and though new reports are still coming in at a record pace, Texas—the hardest hit state—is seeing some promising signs that interventions such as aerial spraying are working.

Aug 29, 2012

Aug 29, 2012

US West Nile cases climb 40%

(CIDRAP News) – The nation's number of West Nile virus (WNV) infections climbed 40% over last week's total, and though the country is in the midst of one of its worst years for the disease, hurricane rains aren't expected to have a big impact on the epidemic, a federal health official said today.

Aug 22, 2012

Aug 22, 2012

CDC reports surge in US West Nile virus activity

(CIDRAP News) – The United States is experiencing a dramatic rise in the cases of West Nile virus (WNV) infections over the past month, with record-setting numbers expected over the next several weeks and the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) warning people to take key preventive steps.

Aug 13, 2012

Aug 13, 2012

Dallas area may use aerial spraying to control WNV threat

(CIDRAP News) – Faced with a dramatic rise in West Nile virus illnesses and deaths and following medical advice, Dallas County, Tex., officials recently approved the use of aerial spraying for the first time in decades to control mosquito populations.

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