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8/3/02

The West Nile Virus: Only the Beginning

The West Nile Virus has infected 58 Louisiana residents, killing four of them, while spreading to virtually every corner of the state. One health expert in Louisiana says the outbreak of the West Nile Virus is only the beginning. Louisiana's governor has declared a state of emergency and is seeking up to five-million dollars in federal aid.

West Nile has been confirmed in more than 30 states including Texas. The virus is carried by mosquitoes that feed on infected birds and other animals. Most people who are bitten do not get sick, but the virus can cause flu-like symptoms and encephalitis in the weak and elderly.

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