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Tennessee Department of Health urges Tennesseans to protect themselves against Illnesses spread by Mosquito Bites

 

Tennessee Department of HealthNashville, TN – The Tennessee Department of Health is urging people to protect themselves from viruses transmitted by mosquitoes. Last year Tennessee experienced 33 human cases of West Nile virus, including one in December.

“It is extraordinarily unusual to see a confirmed case of West Nile virus in December in this part of the country, and it does cause concern and a need for increased awareness,” said Abelardo Moncayo, Ph.D., with the TDH Division of Communicable and Environmental Diseases and Emergency Preparedness. “While four out of five people with West Nile won’t show symptoms, others will develop severe illness and may suffer death or permanent neurological damage.”

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Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report West Nile virus cases on the rise

 

Centers for Disease Control and PreventionWashington, D.C. – As of September 11th, 2012, 48 states have reported West Nile virus infections in people, birds, or mosquitoes. A total of 2,636 cases of West Nile virus disease in people, including 118 deaths, have been reported to CDC.

Of these, 1,405 (53%) were classified as neuroinvasive disease (such as meningitis or encephalitis) and 1,231 (47%) were classified as non-neuroinvasive disease.

West Nile virus (WNV) activity reported to ArboNET, by state, United States, 2012 (as of September 11th, 2012)

West Nile virus (WNV) activity reported to ArboNET, by state, United States, 2012 (as of September 11th, 2012)

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