It’s summertime and the livin’ is easy, especially if you’re a hungry mosquito amongst a buffet of unprotected hunks of human flesh. They’re annoying, darn near invisible and can leave behind not only an itchy red bump, but disease as well.
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What to need to know
What you need to know about West Nile virus, according to the Center for Disease Control (CDC):
Incubation period: People typically develop symptoms anywhere from 3 to 14 days after being bitten by an infected mosquito
- Most people (80%) who are infected with West Nile Virus will not show any symptoms at all.
- Up to 20% of infected people have mild symptoms such as fever, headache and body aches, nausea, vomiting and sometimes swollen lymph glands or a skin rash on the stomach chest and back. Symptoms can last anywhere from a few days to several weeks.
- One in 150 people infected with WNV will develop severe symptoms that can include high fever, headache, stiffness, stupor, disorientation, coma, tremors, convulsions, muscles weakness, vision loss, numbness and paralysis. Symptoms may last for several weeks and neurological effects may be permanent.
How is WNV treated? There really isn’t any treatment for WNV infection as most mild symptoms go away on their own
For more information on WNV visit the CDC website at: www.cdc.gov.