The best guidelines to guard yourself against the West Nile Virus

According to the National Health Portal, “During an outbreak of AES in Kerala, in May 2011, presence of WNV was confirmed in clinical specimens. Since then, WNV encephalitis cases have regularly been reported in Kerala.” Infected birds like crows are known to spread the West Nile Virus on a wide scale.

West Nile virus (WNV) is the most common mosquito-borne disease. This disease is most common to spread among people because of a mosquito bite. West Nile Virus cases are most common during the mosquito breeding season, which typically begins in the summer and lasts into the winter. 

Causes and symptoms of West Nile Virus

  1. The infected mosquito bites typically transmit the WNV disease to people and animals. It is the cycle of WNV where Mosquitoes get contaminated and convey the infection after biting infected birds. 
  2. West Nile Virus (WNV) doesn't affect if you make a contact with an infected individual or animal. 
  3. It often takes 4 to 10 days from the time you are bitten by an infected mosquito until the first signs and symptoms of the sickness show up.
  4. High fever, headache, stiff neck, confusion, coma, shakes, muscle weakness, loss of vision, numbness, and paralysis are some of the signs and symptoms you may find in West Nile Virus.

Only a few people may face the outcomes of WNV in the form of fever and other basic symptoms. There is a very rare possibility to get a severe sickness if a person is infected with West Nile Virus (WNV). Avoiding mosquito bites by wearing long sleeve shirts and long pants can lower the chance of contracting WNV.

Preventions of WNV

  1. As there is no vaccination for WNV one may not take it lightly and visit a doctor to make sure of not facing any severe illness. 
  2. Try to avoid going out during the evening, dusk or dawn period when mosquitoes are highly active. In case it’s necessary, then make sure to wear full sleeves shirts and pants as they would cover your skin to prevent mosquito bites.
  3. You can also apply body-repellent products to your skin. 

West Nile virus mild symptoms typically go away on their own. There is no cure to prevent this disease yet luckily people infected with WNV do not feel or get ill. If you have any signs or symptoms of severe infection, such as terrible headaches, a sore neck, confusion, or dizziness, you should seek medical assistance right away. Hospitalization is typically required for a serious infection. Hence, these are the ways an individual can deal with the West Nile Virus. 

Disclaimer: The content on this site is for informational purposes only, and should not be taken as professional medical advice.  Always seek the guidance of your doctor or other health professionals for any questions you may have regarding your health or a medical condition.

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Neeraj Chouhan

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