New data reveals that West Nile Virus cases rose in the United States in 2018

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says there were 2,647 cases of west nile virus across the nation in 2018.

(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.

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