West Nile virus cases continue to rise in Michigan

10 people have died from virus this year in Michigan; Wayne County has highest case number

Published On: Sep 05 2012 02:31:57 PM EDT   Updated On: Sep 25 2012 10:25:18 AM EDT
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DETROIT -

Cases of West Nile virus continue to climb in Michigan.

On Tuesday, the state Department of Community Health said was 170 cases statewide – including 10 deaths.

Cases by county:  

Allegan

2

Clinton

2

Eaton

1

Gladwin

1

Ingham

5

Jackson

2

Kalamazoo

1

Kent

37

Lapeer

1

Lenawee

1

Macomb

22

Muskegon

1

Oakland

18

Ogemaw

1

Ottawa

1

Washtenaw

3

Wayne

42

Detroit

29

The most recent two deaths were a 73-year-old Wayne County man and an 86-year-old Macomb County man.

As of Sept. 18, the CDC says 48 states have reported West Nile virus infections in people, birds, or mosquitoes.

A total of 3,142 cases of West Nile virus disease in people, including 134 deaths, have been reported to CDC. Of these, 1,630 (52%) were classified as neuroinvasive disease (such as meningitis or encephalitis) and 1,512 (48%) were classified as non-neuroinvasive disease.

The 3,142 cases reported thus far in 2012 is the highest number of West Nile virus disease cases reported to CDC through the third week in September since 2003. Two thirds of the cases have been reported from seven states (Texas, Mississippi, Michigan, South Dakota, Louisiana, Oklahoma, and California) and almost 40 percent of all cases have been reported from Texas.

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