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UPDATE: 5 Hospitalized with West Nile Virus in SE WI

UPDATED: Wednesday, September 5, 2012 --- 8:40p.m.

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Public health officials say five people in southeastern Wisconsin have been hospitalized with probable West Nile virus.

Three of the people are in Milwaukee County and two in Waukesha County. It's unclear whether they remain hospitalized.

A fourth person in Milwaukee County is listed as a probable West Nile virus case, but it's unclear whether that person was hospitalized.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (http://bit.ly/OPS2n1 ) reports a seventh person in Dane County also likely has the virus.

One case was confirmed in Dodge County last month. That person was recovering after being hospitalized

West Nile virus is spread to humans through the bite of an infected mosquito. Less than 1 percent of people infected with the virus get seriously ill.

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Information from: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, http://www.jsonline.com

Copyright 2012. The Associated Press.

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Posted Wednesday, August 22, 2012 --- 11:35 a.m.

ATLANTA (AP) -- U.S. health officials say there's been an alarming increase in the number of West Nile cases.

So far there have been more than 1,100 cases reported through the middle of August. That's three times as many as usually seen at this point in the year. About half the cases are in Texas. Most West Nile infections are reported in August and September.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported the new numbers Wednesday. They say the mild winter, early spring and very hot summer have fostered breeding of the mosquitoes. Mosquitoes pick up the virus from birds and then spread it to people.

West Nile virus was first reported in the United States in 1999.

Copyright 2012. The Associated Press.


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