West Nile Virus is spread by infected mosquitoes and can cause severe fever, meningitis and encephalitis (inflammation of the brain).
Approximately 80 percent of the people infected with West Nile Virus do not show symptoms. Those who do develop symptoms typically do so between three to 14 days after they are bitten by an infected mosquito.
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Severe symptoms include high fever, headache, neck stiffness, stupor, disorientation, coma, tremors, convulsions, muscle weakness, vision loss, numbness and paralysis.
Milder symptoms are nausea, headache, fever, body aches, vomiting and sometimes swollen lymph glands or skin rash.
Symptoms can last for a few days to several weeks.
Avoiding mosquito bites is the best way to prevent West Nile Virus.
Use EPA-approved repellents on exposed skin and wear long sleeve shirts and pants to avoid bites.
Prevent mosquito breeding sites by emptying or treating any standing water on your property. Also, make sure window screens are secure and don't have any holes or rips.
For more information, contact the CCCHD at 937-390-5600 or visit www.ccchd.com.