West Nile Virus is an illness spread through contact with mosquitoes that have bitten an infected animal or human. West Nile Virus commonly occurs in the summer months and into the fall and typically occurs in North America.
Mild Symptoms: 1 out of every 5 infected
Swollen lymph glands
Rash on stomach, back and neck
Severe Symptoms: 1 out of every 150 infected
Numbness or paralysis
The elderly and those individuals with a compromised immune system are most at risk. The illness can last from just a few days to several weeks.
Avoid mosquito bites. Remain indoors during the early evening and early morning hours when mosquitoes are most active. Make sure the screens on your doors and windows are working properly. Remove all standing water from your immediate area. Standing water is a breeding ground for mosquitoes. Wear light colored long sleeve shirts and pants when outdoors. Use mosquito repellent when outside.
At this time there is no cure for West Nile Virus. Treatments are aimed at supporting the body functions and boosting the immune system while making the patient comfortable and waiting out the infection. If you suspect that you have West Nile Virus you should seek medical care and attention.