Minnesota confirms 9 more West Nile cases

Minnesota health officials say there have been 44 cases of West Nile virus confirmed in the state, including the nine most recent that were added to the total in just the last week. That tally includes one death related to the mosquito-borne illness.
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As officials nationwide had feared, the tally of West Nile virus cases is spiking.

Minnesota added nine new cases within the last week for a total of 44 this year, MPR reports. That tally includes one western Minnesota woman who died.

MPR also has a story about how a West Nile treatment could come from geese.

Hot weather is partially to blame, KARE 11 recently reported.

The National Institutes of Health keeps a page with basic facts about the illness, including symptoms and treatment info. The Centers for Disease Control tracks West Nile data.

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