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West Nile virus outbreaks will flare up, experts say

West Nile virus outbreaks are likely to flare up in the coming years, spurred on by warmer, longer mosquito seasons coupled with cuts in disease-control funding that leave authorities unprepared, according to two new studies.

After an all-time high in 2003 with nearly 10,000 cases and 264 dead, the virus backed off gradually for the remainder of the decade ā€” until last year. In 2012, there were 5,674 cases and 286 deaths, almost twice the 2003 mortality rate.

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