West Nile Fatalities increase as US battles spreading Virus (Aug 20, 2012)

English: Electron microscopy of West Nile viru...

English: Electron microscopy of West Nile virus, taken from lab, rights retained to displayed author. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

(Aug 20, 2012) An Illinois man died from West Nile complications over the weekend as the United States battles its biggest spike in the virus since 2004.William J. Mueller was hospitalized for two weeks and died Saturday, according to the w

ebsite for the village of Lombard, a Chicago suburb.Mueller, 76, was Lombard’s president, a post he held for almost two decades.This year’s U.S. outbreak of West Nile, which is spread through infected mosquitoes, is one of the worst since the virus was first detected in the United States in 1999, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said.William J. Mueller was hospitalized for two weeks and died Saturday. He was 76.At least 26 deaths and 693 cases in 32 states have been reported nationwide as of Tuesday evening, the CDC said.’I knew my husband was going to go,’ West Nile widow saysA West Nile virus epidemic in Texas prompted a judge to declare a state of emergency in Dallas County, where the disease has killed at least nine people. Insecticide spraying from planes will be offered to certain communities hit hard by the virus.
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