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Bad West Nile Season Expected

July 2, 2004
by Sara Scavongelli
The Indianapolis Star

The 2004 West Nile virus season is expected to be the most severe ever, according to a report released Thursday by a national organization, but Indiana state health officials say it's too soon to tell. Officials with the Trust for America's Health, a Washington-based group dedicated to disease prevention, predict the mosquito-borne disease's westward march will hit population-dense California hard this year, leading to greater numbers of people being infected. The number of human cases leaped from 66 nationwide in 2001 to 4,156 in 2002; last season, it more than doubled, to 9,862 nationwide.

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