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August 16, 2002
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Press Release

West Nile Virus Update

  1. As of 3:00 PM (MDT), August 16, 2002 these are the human case totals for 2002 that have been reported to CDC/Arbonet or compiled in direct communication with state or local health officials:

    Total Laboratory Positive Human Cases

    Alabama 3
    District of Columbia 1
    Florida 1
    Illinois 9
    Indiana 1
    Louisiana 147
    Massachusetts 1
    Mississippi 55
    Missouri 5
    New York City 1
    Ohio 2
    Texas 25
    Total human cases: 251
    Total human fatalities: LA (8), MS (2), IL (1) 11

    * Median age of human cases: 54 years
    * Age range of human cases: 3 - 94 years
    * Number of cases by month of onset:
          June: 15
          July: 124
          August: 25

    * These numbers are derived from cases that have been reported and verified to CDC/Arbonet. Arbonet is the national, electronic surveillance system established by CDC to assist states in tracking West Nile and other mosquito-borne viruses.

  2. As of 3:00 PM (MDT), August 16, 2002 these are the tallies for 2002 reported and verified to CDC/Arbonet:

    Total number of states/districts reporting any West Nile virus activity, 2002: 37 states + DC & NYC


    • Total number of dead birds reported & verified, 2002: 3128
    • States/districts reporting dead birds, 2002:
      Alabama, Arkansas, Connecticut, DC, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, New York City, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia, Wisconsin


    • Total number of veterinary cases (all equine) reported & verified: 167
    • States/districts reporting veterinary cases (# cases verified):
      Alabama (2), Florida (23), Georgia (2), Illinois (13), Kansas (1), Kentucky (8), Louisiana (6), Minnesota (7), Mississippi (13), Nebraska (24), North Dakota (11), Ohio (1), Oklahoma (1), South Dakota (26), Tennessee (1), Texas (28)

    Mosquito Pools

    • Total number of mosquito pools reported & verified as positive: 952
    • States/districts reporting positive mosquito pools:
      Alabama, DC, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Mississippi, Nebraska, New Jersey, New York, New York City, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Texas, Virginia
    • Mosquito species pools reported positive:
      Aedes sp., Aedes albopictus, Aedes vexans, Anopheles sp., Anopheles punctipennis,
      Anopheles quadrimaculatus, Coquillettidia perturbans, Culiseta inornata, Cx. sp., Cx. pipiens,
      Cx. pipiens-restuans, Cx. quinquefasciatus, Cx. restuans, Cx. salinarius, Cx. tarsalis,
      Ochlerotatus japonicus, Ochlerotatus sollicitans, Ochlerotatus triseriatus, Ochlerotatus
      trivittatus, Psorophora ciliat


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