West Nile Virus Is Back

August 9, 2010 Updated Aug 10, 2010 at 7:36 AM EDT

By WKBW Programming

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August 9, 2010 Updated Aug 10, 2010 at 7:36 AM EDT

(WKBW/CNN) West Nile virus is back, just now popping up across the U.S., including right here in Erie County.

A lot of people had forgotten about it because the number of cases are down, but health officials say West Nile has more than likely been transferred to millions of healthy people in the U.S. through mosquito bites. Many have probably never shown symptoms because they are immune to it.

Since the first outbreak in 1999, hundreds have died from the virus.
Public health experts say protecting yourself from mosquito bites is always a good idea, even if West Nile is no longer a major health problem.

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