In the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, another virus is affecting people in parts of the U.S.
Cases of the West Nile virus were first reported in the country in 1999. A record 9,862 cases were reported in 2003, and another surge in 2012 showed 5,674 cases, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
But two more cases in Massachusetts were reported Friday, according to WFXT-TV.
From 1999 to 2018, California and Texas reported the highest total infections of the virus. And so far this year, California leads again but with only 26 cases. Florida ranks second with nine reported cases.
West Nile virus infections in humans have been reported in at least 14 states as of this week.
The virus is most commonly transmitted to humans and animals through the bite of infected mosquitoes. The insects become infected themselves when they bite infected birds.
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