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WASHINGTON DC - The United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced on Wednesday that a total of 2,636 cases of West Nile virus, including 118 deaths, had been reported across the country as of Sept. 11.
A week ago, 1,993 Americans were confirmed infected with the virus, including 87 deaths, CDC officials told a telebriefing.
West Nile virus is transmitted to people by infected mosquitoes. In the United States, most people are infected from June through September, and the number of these infections usually peaks in mid- August.