Bad West Nile Season Expected
July 2, 2004
by Sara Scavongelli
The Indianapolis Star
The 2004 West Nile virus season is expected to be the most severe ever, according to a report released Thursday by a national organization, but Indiana state health officials say it's too soon to tell.
Officials with the Trust for America's Health
, a Washington-based group dedicated to disease prevention, predict the mosquito-borne disease's westward march will hit population-dense California hard this year, leading to greater numbers of people being infected.
The number of human cases leaped from 66 nationwide in 2001 to 4,156 in 2002; last season, it more than doubled, to 9,862 nationwide.
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