All About West Nile

Stay informed about the West Nile Virus (WNV) transmission and symptoms. Learn how to prevent it and protect your family from mosquitoes! šŸ¦Ÿ #WestNileVirus

Katie Peckat

Published On:

October 17, 2023

Last Updated:

October 30, 2023

Despite its attention in the media, most people who contract the West Nile Virus (WNV) have no visible symptoms and have no idea they have even come in contact with the virus. According to Web MD, only 1 in 5 people infected with WNV will show visible symptoms. Infants and the elderly have the highest risks if they contract the virus. Whether you have a noticeable mosquito problem in the back yard, or are planning a camping trip, it's important to understand how to spot West Nile.

How West Nile is Transmitted

The virus starts with a mosquito that contracts the virus from infected birds, and then transfers it to a person while feeding off them. While summer brings warm weather, picnics, and swimming in the afternoon ā€“ it also brings a swarm of mosquitoes. There have been reported cases in all 48 continental states, with numbers increasing over the last several years.

Symptoms of West Nile

  • Fatigue
  • Fever
  • Headache
  • Rash
  • Swollen lymph nodes
  • West Nile Encephalitis
  • West Nile Meningitis

Web MD states that only 1 of every 150 cases may turn into Encephalitis and Meningitis, with only 10% of those cases being fatal. The CDC calls this a ā€œneuroinvasiveā€ form of West Nile. West Nile Meningitis symptoms include fever, headache, and a stiff neck. Symptoms of West Nile Encephalitis include paralysis or palsy of one or more limbs, tremors, fevers, and headaches.

Treatment

There are currently no treatments available for WNV, but hospitalization may be required in severe cases. If you, or someone you know

Preventing West Nile

There are a few ways to reduce mosquito populations on your property, the most important being removing standing water, and keeping grass trimmed. If you have a large mosquito population, using a professional outdoor mosquito repellant treatment is the safest way to protect yourself and family.

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