ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOX) – The Centers for Disease Control reported Wednesday a sharp rise in West Nile virus in the United States.
Nationally, the CDC says more than 1,100 human infections have been reported in 40 states, along with at least 41 deaths. Authorities say that is highest number of West Nile cases ever reported for this time of year.
However it’s not so bad locally. Missouri has reported no deaths for the virus and only four illnesses. One of those was in the St. Louis area, that was reported in the beginning of this year.
Illinois has had 27 human cases, none in the Metro-East, and one death in DuPage County near Chicago.
The only states not reporting West Nile activity are Alaska, Hawaii and Vermont.