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West Nile cases in US jump 25% over last week

The number of cases of West Nile virus reported in the U.S. rose 25% in the latest week. The number of deaths from the mosquito-borne disease jumped 32%, health officials say.

Reuters reports:

The 1,993 cases reported so far in 2012, up from 1,590 reported the week before, is the highest number of West Nile cases reported to federal health officials through the first week in September since the disease was first detected in the United States in 1999, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said.

Photo: A Culex quinquefasciatus mosquito is shown on a human finger in this undated photograph from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. This type of mosquito is associated with transmission of the West Nile virus. (Handout / Reuters)

Planes begin 2nd round of spraying over Dallas County, Texas, to combat West Nile virus

A second round of spraying — the first since 1966 — began Friday night over Dallas. The spraying, reported the Morning News, will cover most of Dallas, with the exception of those areas doused on Thursday.

Laura McGowan, spokesperson for Clarke, maker of Duet, said the planes will still take off despite the appearance of overcast skies. Rain is not expected in most of the spray zone.