(FOX NEWS) – The number of reported cases of West Nile Virus spiked across the nation in 2018.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention revealed new data on the disease in a report on Friday.
Officials at the CDC say 167 people died as a result of the mosquito-borne illness last year.
Overall, there were 2,647 reported cases of West Nile Virus.
The number of West Nile cases rose by 550 – compared to the previous year 2017.
The CDC recommends that individuals apply and re-apply insect repellent before any outdoor activity.
They also suggest you wear long-sleeve shirts and long pants to avoid mosquito bites.