Zeenews BureauNew York: A 40 percent rise in the number of West Nile cases has been reported in the United States, federal health officials said Wednesday.A total of 1,590 cases, including 66 deaths have been reported through late August this year in the United States, which has been hit hard by the outbreak of the deadly mosquito-borne disease. The figures, through last week, represent a 40 percent increase in the number of cases and a 61 percent spike in the number of deaths. About 9,862 cases and 264 deaths were reported in 2003, an all-time record for a full year.Typical symptoms are fever, headache and body aches, and most people get better on their own in a few days. Less than 1 percent develops neurological symptoms such as stiff necks and even coma and paralysis. Because symptoms can take two weeks to appear, reporting cases lags behind when people became infected.
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