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Study Suggests West Nile Virus Is Deadlier Than Expected

West Nile virus may be deadlier than public health officials and doctors have thought, according to a new study.

The virus, which like Zika is transmitted to humans mostly by mosquitoes, causes a fever and other symptoms in about one out of every five people it infects. While the majority of those infected never develop any symptoms, patients in about 4% of the 43,937 U.S. cases reported to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention from 1999 to 2015 died.

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