All You Need To Know About The West Nile Virus

With recent reports about the virus spreading again, here’s what you need to do to stay protected

All You Need To Know About The West Nile Virus
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In a recent news report that is circulating, last week, a person died because of the West Nile virus infection.

The first such incident that was detected was reported in the year 1937 in the West Nile district in Uganda.

How Does It Spread?

While it may or may not be here in India yet, the culprits in this disease are the mosquitoes that help to spread the virus.

  • When a mosquito feeds on a bird that is already infected with this disease, it spreads the virus further when it bites a human or animal.
  • The West Nile virus does not spread through any coughing, sneezing or regular direct contact with an infected person.

What Are The Symptoms You Can Get?

While symptoms are rare, some may have fever and body ache
While symptoms are rare, some may have fever and body ache

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The big problem is that you may not really get any symptoms even if you are already infected. However, only a very few number of people, roughly about 1 in 5, may develop some fever along with some other symptoms such as headache, body ache, diarrhea, rashes on the body, vomiting and so on.

In very rare cases, those who are infected with the West Nile virus may also suffer from an inflammation in the brain, or in the spinal cord.

Is There A Treatment For West Nile Virus?

As of now there is no vaccination or treatment for the West Nile virus, and in some cases, you may be prescribed an over the counter pain medication. This can help to reduce the fever and also take care of some of the symptoms.

In case the infection turns severe, the patient needs to be hospitalized and may be put on additional treatment methods such as IV fluids, pain medication and so on.

How To Prevent The West Nile Virus From Affecting You?

Make sure to have as much protection against mosquitoes as you possibly can. Use mosquito and insect repellants, avoid being in dark places outdoors, wear clothes with long sleeves and long pants, try wear socks and shoes instead of keeping the skin open, remove all stagnant water from your home or office and make sure to change the water regularly in pet and bird bowls.

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