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Anyone who spends a lot of time outside is more at risk of getting exposed to mosquitoes and now West Nile virus.
West Nile virus is spread by mosquitos. Most of the time it is spread by getting bit by a mosquito, but it can also be spread by blood. For example, transfusions, transplants or pregnancy.
If you are bit by a mosquito, it can take anywhere from 2 days to 2 weeks to show symptoms.
Most people that are exposed to West Nile virus don’t get sick. Some people can get fever or flu-like symptoms. Rarely do people get so sick that it affects their brain.
To be tested for West Nile virus you must see a doctor who will assess your symptoms and may do blood work or test your spinal fluid.
There are no medications or vaccines to treat or prevent West Nile virus. Usually West Nile virus resolves on its own.
What can you do to prevent West Nile virus?
Wear long sleeves and pants when outside
Use insect repellents
Keep screens on windows and doors
Eliminate standing water around your home
Here’s a riddle for you: What is a mosquito’s favorite sport?
Skin-diving!