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Foreclosures linked to West Nile virus

October 31, 2008 6:15:18 AM PDT
There's new evidence that foreclosed homes increase the risk of West Nile.UC Davis and Kern County researchers looked at Bakersfield because it's one of the worst hit cities in the nation when it comes to foreclosures.

According to the L.A. Times, the study found that since 2006, foreclosure rates jumped 300 percent, and West Nile cases rose 275 percent in the same period.

Researchers believe the jump is due to standing water, like swimming pools that are left unattended.

Unusually dry, mild weather also contributed to the increase.

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