West Nile Virus Cases Up 40 Percent

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Cases of the West Nile Virus have spiked 40 percent since last week.

So far this year, nearly 1,600 cases of the mosquito-borne virus have been reported, with about half of those serious illnesses.

This year could rival the record years of 2002 and 2003, when about 3,000 severe cases of West Nile Virus were reported, including more than 260 deaths.

Since mosquitoes deposit their eggs in standing water, homeowners should make sure to eliminate places where water collects around their homes.

Those areas could include buckets, flower pots, garbage cans, water bowls for pets, or any other potential receptacle.

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