The Facts on West Nile Virus

It’s been in the news for several days now – West Nile Virus cases in Dallas are up at alarming rates.  Even worse, the rainy weather is making it difficult to control mosquitoes – the culprits who are responsible for passing this disease on to humans.

According to Joseph Conlon, a technical advisor for the American Mosquito Control Association, in the last five years the average number of reported cases was 172.  This year, there have been nearly 700 across 43 states – and it’s just the beginning of the season.  Mosquitoes typically become infected with West Nile Virus when they bite infected birds.  Then they spread the virus when they bite humans or animals.

Web MD reports that most people who have West Nile Virus have no symptoms, or they are so mild that they don’t even realize they have the virus.  Symptoms of West Nile Virus include:

  • A fever
  • Headaches, body aches or pain in your eyes
  • A rash, usually on the chest, back and arms
  • Feeling very tired
  • Not feeling hungry
  • Feeling sick to your stomach or throwing up
  • Swollen glands (lymph nodes) in rare cases

There is no treatment for West Nile Virus and your body will typically fight the infection on its own.  If it’s severe, you may require a hospital stay while you receive treatment to fight the illness.

To reduce the risk of becoming infected, stay indoors when mosquitoes are most active at dawn and dusk.  If you are outside, be sure to spray skin and clothing with a repellent that contains at least 20-30% DEET.

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