What is it?
West Nile virus is a mosquito-borne infection. Most people who get West Nile virus experience no symptoms or only mild flu-like symptoms. But it can cause serious illness and there are few medical options to treat or prevent it. Mosquitoes become infected by the virus after they come in contact with infected birds.
When am I most at risk?
In most parts of Canada, the risk of becoming infected with West Nile virus is greatest between mid-April and the first hard frost in late September or October. Most human infections occur between July and early September.
How do I know if I have it? What are the symptoms?
Most people who are infected with West Nile virus (70%-80%) do not notice or report any symptoms. Of the rest, most have mild symptoms that usually appear 2 to 15 days after infection. These include:
- mild rash
- body aches
Very few people (fewer than 10% of those with symptoms) have severe symptoms that affect the central nervous system (nerve tissues in the brain and spinal cord). These may include:
- very bad headache
- stiff neck (you might have trouble moving your neck side-to-side)
- nausea or vomiting
- difficulty swallowing
- blurred vision or worsening eyesight
- muscle weakness and reduced coordination
What are the treatment options for West Nile?
There are no treatment options for the virus, the only thing that can be done is to treat the symptoms associated with the disease! So take all the necessary precautions to ensure your home and lawn are protected from the breeding of the virus.
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