Latest News:  
Beijing   Sunny    29 / 17 ℃  City Forecast


West Nile virus outbreak claims 42 lives in U.S.


08:20, August 23, 2012

WASHINGTON, Aug. 22 (Xinhua) -- U.S. health authorities on Wednesday said the recent West Nile virus outbreak is the largest ever experienced in the country, and warned it could get worse.

According to new numbers announced by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in a telephone news briefing, 38 U.S. states had reported a combined 1,118 human infections of the lethal virus as of Tuesday, of which, 41 people have died. That toll rose to 42 on Wednesday when a new death was reported in the state of Arkansas.

The number of infection cases this year is the biggest recorded through August since the disease was first detected in the United States in 1999.

Dr. Lyle Petersen, director of the CDC's Vector-Borne Infectious Disease Division, said the reason for the high number of infection cases this year is unclear, but unusually warm weather could have fostered favorable conditions for the mosquito- borne virus' spreading to humans.

【1】 【2】

More special coverages
More special coverages


Leave your comment0 comments

  1. Name


Selections for you

  1. Air-landing drill in desert

  2. Hey guys! Where should we put all these bikes?

  3. Right move in VAT direction

  4. Dancing competition held in E. China

  5. 24 Of The Hottest Body Paint

  6. How to marry a billionaire

Most Popular


  1. Editorial:Corporate competitiveness
  2. WTO membership win-win step for Russia, world
  3. More representative delegates
  4. Do ratings agencies buoy Italy's optimism?
  5. Right move in VAT direction
  6. EU, China extend hands of friendship
  7. Editorial: Rules for stock market
  8. U.S.-S. Korea drills harmful to regional stability
  9. Wake-up call for industry
  10. Is Romney trounced, or has more tricks?

What's happening in China

Mercedes-Benz E-class owners to file lawsuit due to oil leak

  1. Shanghai exposes professional beggars
  2. Real estate financier held on fraud charges
  3. Chinese continue to seek residency overseas
  4. Controversial Hunan fine policy may be scrapped
  5. Army worm outbreak brought under control

China Features

  1. Classic routes for domestic self-driving tours
  2. Billionaires' marriage-seeking attracts women
  3. Top three nourishing foods in autumn
  4. Experts divided on yuan's future
  5. Unforgettable records of London Olympic Games

PD Online Data

  1. Spring Festival
  2. Chinese ethnic odyssey
  3. Yangge in Shaanxi
  4. Gaoqiao in Northern China
  5. The drum dance in Ansai