Confirmed Human West Nile Virus Cases Double

Confirmed Human West Nile Virus Cases Double

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Health officials say confirmed human West Nile virus cases have doubled in the past week.

Health officials say between August 31st and September seventh, eight new human cases were diagnosed. That brings the total to 19.

The new human cases are in the same counties where cases were earlier diagnosed: Duchesne, Utah, Uintah and Salt Lake counties.

Iron and Emery County are being added to the list of counties where West Nile virus has been found in dead birds, sentinel chickens, mosquitoes, horses or humans. In all, 13 counties have virus activity.

So far, the official count stands at 30 infected horses, eight dead birds, 64 mosquito pools and 50 sentinel chickens. Those numbers far outstrip what was detected in the state last year.

(Copyright 2005 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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