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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)

Dallas mayor declares state of emergency over West Nile

Dallas Morning News: The mayor of Dallas, Texas, has declared a state of emergency over the spread of the West Nile virus. He is requesting that the county and state provide aerial pesticide spraying in the city to control mosquitoes spreading the virus.

Ten have died from the virus in Dallas County. The city has seen 111 reported infections that resulted in 65 hospitalizations.