Amid national outbreak, VA reports first cases of West Nile in 2012

Posted at 6:01 PM, Aug 17, 2012
and last updated 2012-08-27 13:13:07-04

RICHMOND (WTVR) – Virginia records its first two human West Nile Virus cases of 2012.

The state Health Department reports an adult in Southwest Virginia and an adult in the northwest part of the state were infected and have since recovered.

Mosquitos in Henrico County also tested positive for carrying the virus, but no local cases of the human virus have been reported.

Overall, the U.S. is experiencing its biggest spike in the mosquito-borne illness since 2004.

26 People across the country have died this year. Dallas County, Texas is one of the hardest hit areas- reporting at least 10 deaths. More than 200 people in the have been infected metro Dallas area.

Leaders there have declared a state of emergency and have ordered an aerial assault on mosquitoes.

Two planes began spraying pesticide in Dallas County Thursday night, but the process was cut short because of rain. A second night of spraying was planned for Friday.

An aerial assault hasn’t happened in Texas since 1966.