West Nile Cases Less Prevalent in 2013 Compared to 2012

Published 10/09 2013 01:36PM

Updated 10/09 2013 03:48PM

Even though Wichita Falls recorded its first human case of West Nile disease last week, it's much later than the first case last year, when there were three cases by August.

That is the trend across Texas and the nation this year. Across the nation, the number of human cases is down more than half.

The number of deaths is also dramatically down, with 163 by October last year compared to only 44 this year.

In Texas the numbers are down even more substantially from 2012 with under 70 cases this year compared to almost 2,000, and only 4 deaths compared to 89 last year.

Only 64 of the state's 254 counties have reported West Nile in people so far this year.

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