2 possible West Nile cases investigated in Buncombe Co. - FOX Carolina 21

2 possible West Nile cases investigated in Buncombe Co.

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Health officials in Buncombe County said Thursday they are investigating two possible cases of the West Nile virus.

The virus is transmitted to humans who are bitten by mosquitos that have drank blood from a bird infected with the virus.

Buncombe County officials said they are awaiting results of two tests before they can confirm whether the patients are infected with the bug-borne disease. Those results are expected early next week.

Recently, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said there have been 1,590 cases of the illness reported nationwide this year - a record number of cases since the disease was first reported in the U.S. in 1999.

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