There has been a dramatic increase in the number of West Nile Virus Cases across the US according to officials with the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  The latest figures show that there are more than 1100 cases  of the mosquito transported virus nationwide.

“We are in the midst of one of the worst West Nile virus outbreaks ever seen in the U.S.,” Lyle R. Petersen, director of the CDC’s Division of Vector-Borne Infectious Diseases, said at a briefing.

Eighty percent of the people who contract the West Nile virus have no symptoms and their body eventually gets rid of it, according to the CDC. The remaining 20 percent experience flu-like symptoms.

The best way to avoid the virus is to prevent mosquito bites.

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