How can an infection with West Nile virus be prevented?

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Protect yourself from mosquito bites and eliminate mosquito breeding sites.Use insect repellents containing DEET or permethrin when outdoors. Repellents containing picaridin or oil of lemon eucalyptus also have shown to be effective.Wear light-colored, long-sleeved shirts and long pants when you are outdoors for long periods or when mosquitoes are most active.Make sure that doors and windows have tight-fitting screens. Repair or replace screens that have holes or tears.Eliminate mosquito...Read Full Story

What are the symptoms of West Nile virus?

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Most people who are infected with West Nile virus either have no symptoms or experience mild illness such as fever, headache and body aches before fully recovering. Some persons may develop a skin rash and swollen lymph glands.In less than 1 percent of infections, particularly in those persons over age 50, West Nile virus can cause serious disease, such as encephalitis (inflammation of the brain) or meningitis (inflammation of the lining of the brain and spinal cord).These conditions may...Read Full Story