About 20% of people infected with West Nile get sick, and about 1 in 150 suffers the severe form, West Nile meningitis or encephalitis. Roughly 17,000 Americans have had the disease since it made its North American debut in 1999. Last year the United States had 2,539 cases with 100 deaths, according to the CDC. Nine of the 25 cases were the severe, neuroinvasive form of West Nile, the CDC said. Another 15 cases were listed as West Nile fever, and one case was unspecified. CDC. West Nile virus activityUnited States, 2005. MMWR 2005 Jul 15;54(27):678-9 [Full text] See also: Jul 14, 2005 (CIDRAP News) The annual invasion of West Nile virus has sickened 25 people in 11 states and caused one death so far this summer, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said today. West Nile virus is spread to humans by mosquitoes that have fed on infected birds, which are believed to be the main reservoir for the virus. The CDC says that infected crows and other birds have been found in 16 states so far this season. Other states that have reported cases to the CDC are California, Georgia, Indiana, Kansas, New Mexico, Ohio, and Texas. This year’s first case was reported in Kansas in May. Colorado leads the list with 7 cases, followed by South Dakota with 5 and Arizona with 3, according to an article in Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. The single death occurred in Missouri. CDC’s West Nile virus sitehttp://www.cdc.gov/ncidod/dvbid/westnile/index.htm
A ruptured anterior cruciate ligament means it has been over a year since the 25-year-old last played, but that has not prevented speculation mounting over his future. Rodriguez only has a season left on his contract and there have been suggestions that a summer move could be on the cards, with Tottenham, Manchester City and Liverpool apparently ready to test Saints’ resolve. However, the England international now seems ready to pen a new deal at St Mary’s, with Koeman rating the chances of the forward signing as eight out of 10. “He was talking to the club,” the Saints boss said. “He’s a good player and I think he will be an important player for next season. “If he stays, I think that is a good signal to the club, to everybody.” Rodriguez is not the only high-profile player out of contract next summer, with right-back Nathaniel Clyne the subject of even more fervent speculation. Koeman last week gave the England full-back a 10-day deadline to inform the club whether he would sign a new deal and talks are planned after Saturday’s trip to Leicester. “We like to know it because always with players that have one season of their contract left, that is business,” the Dutchman said of the Manchester United target. “We are nice people, straight people at the club but we have to think of the future of the club and team. “He mentioned at different times to everybody at the club (that he is happy) and I understand it’s all about the contract, the future, and he has to make that decision. Press Association “I can give him some advice but it’s difficult.” Unlike Rodriguez, Clyne is in line to feature at the King Power Stadium this weekend – a match James Ward-Prowse will miss through suspension. Fraser Forster, Dusan Tadic and Emmanuel Mayuka are unavailable to face the Foxes through injury, as is Morgan Schneiderlin. Last week Koeman said the France midfielder would miss the rest of the season with a knee complaint, but the prognosis has improved since then. “It’s going much better but he is not close to being part of training,” he said. “I mentioned last week maybe he is out until the end of the season, but maybe he is fit for the last one or two games. “We have to wait but it looks a bit more positive than a week ago.” Schneiderlin is another being linked with a summer exit, but Koeman played down such talk ahead of the trip to Leicester. Asked if he could have played his last game for Saints, the manager said: “I don’t think so. “I don’t know. He has a contract with the club and nobody has a serious bid for the player, for anybody. “It’s all about the rumours but I can’t listen to all the rumours because I will go crazy.” Ronald Koeman is confident Jay Rodriguez will soon sign a new and improved contract at Southampton.