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West Nile striking more Missourians than last year

September 7, 2004
By: Dustin Blanchard
State Capital Bureau

The Missouri Health Department reports West Nile cases are up in the state over last year. Dustin Blanchard has more on the virus from the state Capitol.

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The State Health Department says more Missourians have been diagnosed with West Nile than at this point last year.

Spokesman Dr. Howard Pue reports 9 cases so far.

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Pue says West Nile will continue to be a threat through September, and recommends Missourians protect themselves from Mosquitoes.

According to Pue, the best steps are to wear long clothing and use a deet-based repellent.

He says the virus is preventable and notes that less than one percent of those infected develop the severe form of the disease.

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Missouri is seeing more human cases of West Nile virus than at this time last year. Dustin Blanchard has the story from the state Capitol

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The State Health Department says nine people have been diagnosed with West Nile this year. This is up from the same time last year. Spokesman Dr. Howard Pue says that although the numbers are up, they are not close to those of the epidemic of 2002.

Pue says fewer than one percent of West Nile cases become severe, but recommends Missourians take protective measures.

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Pue says that the virus will continue to be a threat through September and into October.

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The West Nile Virus is striking more Missourians this year than in 2003. Dustin Blanchard has the story from the state Capitol.

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The Missouri Department of Health reports 9 human cases of West Nile this year.

Spokesman Dr. Howard Pue says cases are up over the same time last year, but have not reached the level of the epidemic in 2002.

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Pue says the best prevention is to wear long clothing and use deet-based repellent.

He also recommends Missourians remove standing water from around their homes.

Pue notes although West Nile is a serious threat, less than one percent of cases become severe.