The CDC is reporting a sharp drop in Missouri West Nile Virus
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The CDC is reporting a sharp drop in Missouri West Nile Virus

Date: October 1, 2013
By: Matt Kalish
State Capitol Bureau

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says less people are dying and being infected with West Nile Virus.
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Wrap: After West Nile virus infected 20 people from Missouri last year and killed three, but the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says nobody died from the six cases this year.

Department of Health and Senior Services spokesman Ryan Hobart says public awareness is responsible for the drop in cases.

Actuality:  WNV.WAV
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Description: Wearing the proper kind of insect repellant, wearing the proper type of clothes and just in general trying to avoid areas where there might be a high population of mosquitos.

80 percent of those infected don't display symptoms of West Nile. Some develop a fever, joint pain, diarrhea or a rash.

Reporting from the state capitol, I'm Matt Kalish.


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