Tuesday, August 14, 2012
380 West Nile cases reported in Texas this year
North Texas is by far the worst hit.
State officials are reporting more than 380 human cases of the West Nile virus in Texas so far this year — and no region has been harder hit than North Texas, which has already reported a dozen deaths. Here’s an interactive look at reported West Nile cases and deaths by county, using data provided by the Texas Department of State Health Services.
The number of reported West Nile cases is far higher this year than each of the last five years, and the outbreak has been highly concentrated in North Texas, particularly in Dallas and Tarrant counties.
Statewide, there have been 17 deaths from the mosquito-borne illness this year. In Dallas County alone, where officials have declared an emergency, there have been at least 128 reported cases of the disease and 10 deaths, according to state figures. (County figures put the reported cases even higher.) In Tarrant County, there have been at least 110 reported cases and a single death, while both Denton and Collin counties have reported dozens of cases combined.
Scroll over the bars in the graphic here to see exact numbers of fatal and non-fatal cases. To see only the number of fatal cases statewide, click on the legend to remove the number of non-fatal cases from view. Click on the map to see details about the number of cases in each county.
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