WELLNESS
09/05/2012 12:18 pm ET Updated Nov 05, 2012

West Nile Virus: Cases Rose 25% Last Week, Deaths Jump 32%

FILE - In a Thursday, Aug. 16, 2012 file photo, dead mosquitos are lined up waiting to be sorted at the Dallas County mosquit
FILE - In a Thursday, Aug. 16, 2012 file photo, dead mosquitos are lined up waiting to be sorted at the Dallas County mosquito lab in Dallas. Federal health officials said Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2012 that West Nile virus cases are up 40 percent since last week and may rival the record years of 2002 and 2003. (AP Photo/LM Otero, File)

Sept 5 (Reuters) - The number of cases of West Nile virus reported in the United States rose 25 percent in the latest week, while the number of deaths from the mosquito-borne disease jumped 32 percent, health officials said Wednesday.

The 1,993 cases reported so far in 2012, up from 1,590 reported the week before, is the highest number of West Nile cases reported to federal health officials through the first week in September since the disease was first detected in the United States in 1999, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said.

A total of 87 people have now died from the disease compared with 66 in the CDC's previous update one week ago. (Reporting By Dan Burns; Editing by Vicki Allen)

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