Aug 22 2012

CDC West Nile virus, 41 deaths & What You Should Know

CDC says U.S. deaths from West Nile virus jumps to 41. USA TODAY

 

The number of West Nile virus cases in the U.S. jumped dramatically in one week, increasing to 1,118, with 41 deaths, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said today.

The report marks a substantial increase from last week's tally of 693 cases and 26 deaths.

Approximately 75% of the cases have been in five states: Texas, Mississippi, Louisiana, South Dakota and Oklahoma, the CDC says.

Texas has been hardest hit, accounting for almost half of all cases.

As of Tuesday there had been 21 deaths and and 586 cases there, says Christine Mann with the Texas Department of State Health Services.

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West Nile outbreak largest ever in U.S. CNN 

The recent West Nile virus outbreak is the largest ever seen in the United States, according to new numbers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The number of cases so far this year is the highest recorded through August since the disease was first detected in the United States in 1999. As of Tuesday, 38 states had reported human infections.

The cases reported to the CDC as of Tuesday total 1,118, including 41 deaths. That number rose to 42 on Wednesday when a death was reported in Arkansas.

"The peak of West Nile virus epidemics usually occurs in mid-August, but it takes a couple of weeks for people to get sick, go to the doctor and get reported," said Dr. Lyle Petersen, the director of the CDC's Vector-Borne Infectious Disease Division. "Thus we expect many more cases to occur."

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Aug 22 2012

Bringing Unlimited Data Back

T-Mobile to Offer Unlimited 4G Data for Phones Starting Sept. 5. abc NEWS

 

While AT&T and Verizon move to shared data plans, which allow users to share a bucket of data across multiple devices, T-Mobile has a different approach.

Today, the U.S. carrier announced that it will begin offering unlimited 4G data plans for smartphones starting Sept. 5. The plan will cost a very affordable $20 a month when added to one of T-Mobile’s value voice and text plans and $30 when added to a classic voice and texting plan. T-Mobile will offer an unlimited calling and text plan with the unlimited  data for $69.99.

T-Mobile’s unlimited data plan offers unlimited Web surfing and app usage over T-Mobile’s HSPA+ network. There are no data caps or speed limits. The plan is only for smartphones, not tablets, laptops, 4G connection cards or mobile hotspots.

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Aug 21 2012

Reasons to feel old

75 reasons to feel old? How college freshmen view world. TODAY

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