West Nile Outbreak Worst Ever

    CONCORD, CA - MAY 09:  Dead mosquitos are seen on the surface of a neglected pool at a foreclosed home May 9, 2008 in Concord, California. As home foreclossures continue to rise, neglected pools in foreclosed homes are becoming breeding grounds for mosquitos which may carry the West Nile virus. The Contra Costa County Mosquito and Vector District has seen a spike in calls from concerned citizens about abandoned pools and responds by treating the pools with chemicals and the release of fish that eat mosquito larvae.  (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

    Justin Sullivan

    Some scary records shouldn’t be broken. According to officials from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, this year’s outbreak of the West Nile virus is the worst the country has seen since cases of the illness were first documented in 1999. Just last week, the number of cases rose 23 percent to 1,993. In all, the number of deaths due to the virus is up to 87—almost half of which are in Texas. The CDC says the alarming number of new cases is probably due to a mild spring, exceptionally hot summer, and heavy regional rainfall.

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