By Rachel McDaniel
Recent rains could contribute to the spread of mosquitos carrying West Nile virus. People can get the virus when they are bitten by a mosquito carrying the disease after that insect has fed on an infected bird. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported a total of 1,118 West Nile Virus cases nationwide this year with 14 in Georgia as of Aug. 21. There have been confirmed cases of the virus in humans in 47 states and it has caused 41 deaths this year. Almost half of all the West Nile Virus victims have been in Texas.
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