“To judge from past reporting trends, these figures suggest that this year’s West Nile virus outbreak will be among the largest ever recorded!”-Lyle Petersen, CDC
“…disturbingly unpredictable, disagreeable, and difficult to control.”-CDC statement
“At first they said West Nile would remain concentrated along the Eastern Seaboard. Then, as it moved westward, they said it wouldn’t spread beyond the Midwest. In 2006, seven years after the virus was detected in New York, it infected several residents here in Washington. Now it’s been reported in every state except Hawaii and Alaska.”-Terry McElwain, Washington Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory
In the last week of September 2012, 400 new cases of West Nile virus were reported throughout the United States.
At least 3,545 cases in 48 states, with 147 deaths, and that’s what the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is reporting. What the CDC reports is at least a week behind what’s happening on the ground.
Incredibly, during the middle of September, some medical media sources reported that the West Nile virus outbreak had peaked out, and was on the decline!
70% of cases are in Texas, South Dakota and Mississippi.
Mississippi: 197 human cases, five deaths: “We are in the middle of the worst epidemic of West Nile virus infection in the state of Mississippi ever and one of the worst in terms of the United States!”-Art Leis, Methodist Rehab Center
Ohio: Clark County Combined Health District confirmed an elderly man died from West Nile virus. Computer problems prevented the release of details. Ohio Department of Health reports 93 human cases, so far.
Texas: Morris County reports first case of West Nile in horses: “The horse exhibited ataxis, which is lack of muscle coordination, fever, and depression.”-Dennis Seymore, veterinarian
So far this year there have been 39 cases of equine West Nile virus in Texas. “It should also be noted that vaccination for West Nile Virus does not protect a horse from other mosquito-borne diseases such as Eastern and Western Equine Encephalitis.”-Dennis Seymore, veterinarian
A Texas woman is suffering doubly, not only has West Nile left her partially paralyzed, but she has no way to pay for medical care. The Fort Worth hospital she is in is trying to send her away. She needs 24 hour care, but hospital staff say it ain’t gonna happen without money: “Ideally, we’re usually able to get them transferred to a rehab facility or somewhere they can have impatient care. However, due to her limited funding status, we have to plan for her to go home.”-Melody Argueta, Huguley Memorial Medical Center
Louisiana: 29 more human cases reported. So far 280 people infected, 11 deaths.
Iowa: Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship, and Iowa Department of Public Health report large number of horses infected. More than 20, last year there was only one equine case.
Oklahoma: Nine people have died from West Nile so far. 154 human cases.
California: Reporting 182 human cases, 10 deaths. Health officials warning to stay away from dead birds. So far 1,273 dead birds, in California, have tested positive for West Nile. Rodents, like squirrels, also testing positive.
Florida: Alachua County Health Department discovered West Nile virus in several chicken flocks, and one horse. More than 40 human cases statewide.
Massachusetts: “The Massachusetts Department of Public Health risk assessment level has been raised from ‘Moderate’ to ‘High’ in the towns of Stoneham and Winchester in efforts to raise awareness regarding this arbovirus in the closing weeks of the warm season.”
New York: An elderly man from New York was diagnosed with West Nile while visiting friends in Canada. He is in critical condition.
Idaho: 11 human cases, at least five equine cases.
Illinois: DuPage County Health Department reports fourth human death. 138 human cases statewide.
Michigan: Department of Community Health reports two more human deaths, 170 cases.
New Jersey: At least 22 human cases, one death.
Virginia: First equine case, the horse had to be killed.
Georgia: Two new human cases, one fatal, in Gwinnett County. At least 43 cases statewide.
Maryland: 30 human cases.
Tennessee: At least 21 human cases. Rap singer, Brabo Gator, fell into a coma after being infected. Doctors say he will probably never sing again because of damage to his lungs.
Rhode Island: Reporting third human case.
Wisconsin: Two confirmed human cases, 23 possible.
Colorado: Three human deaths, 92 cases.