What is the West Nile Virus?

Arbovirus, key word here is virus. Mosquitoes infected by the West Nile are the primary culprit in the spread of the virus. Most individuals infected with West Nile do not display symptoms. Although, there are age groups that are most susceptible to being affected by the virus. Ages 50 years and older should take extra precaution during more intense mosquito seasons. Precautions to protect children 3 years and younger, from the West Nile Virus, should be taken.

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1 in 5 persons infected with the virus will display a few symptoms. Although, only 1% of infected persons will contract the serious neurologic illnesses associated with West Nile.

Symptoms:
  • Headache
  • High fever
  • Neck stiffness
  • Disorientation
  • Coma
  • Tremors
  • Seizures
  • Paralysis

If symptoms do occur, contact a primary care physician or closest emergency room.

4 Steps to Protect Against West Nile Virus:
  1. Mosquito repellant
  2. Removal of stagnant water
  3. Wear clothes that cover arms and legs
  4. Limited outdoor activity during dawn and dusk

Check the CDC website for more details on the West Nile Virus.