Heath Alert: West Nile Virus

Hello Everyone,
  As most of my long time readers know I cover an array of topics.
Being a Texan we are on high alert for any signs of west nile virus in our family. With that said, I wanted to share this nice article with you from WebMd. Have a wonderful rest of your week and take care of each other.
  
West Nile Virus

By Mayo Clinic staff

    West Nile virus is an infection transmitted by mosquitoes. If you become infected with West Nile virus, you may not experience any signs or symptoms or you may experience only minor ones, such as fever and mild headache. However, some people who become infected with West Nile virus develop a life-threatening illness that includes inflammation of the brain.
    Mild signs and symptoms of a West Nile virus infection generally go away on their own. But severe signs and symptoms — such as a severe headache, disorientation or sudden weakness — require immediate attention.
    Exposure to mosquitoes where West Nile virus exists increases your risk of getting West Nile virus. Protect yourself from mosquitoes by using mosquito repellent and wearing clothing that covers your skin to reduce your risk.
 When to see a doctor
    Mild symptoms of West Nile fever usually resolve on their own. If you experience signs or symptoms of serious infection, such as severe headaches, a stiff neck or an altered mental state, seek medical attention right away. A serious West Nile virus infection generally requires hospitalization.

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