The West Nile virus is a mosquito transmitted illness which emerged approximately 1,000 years ago in Africa. Over the centuries, WNV spread to other continents and even found it’s way to North America.

Although news reports state that there is currently no threat of WNV in Rhode Island, it’s important to understand the signs and symptoms.

Symptoms of West Nile Virus

According to recent data, 80% of those infected with the virus either have a mild fever or show no symptoms at all. However, in some cases people can develop serious neurological problems.

The gestation period of the virus ranges anywhere from 2 to 15 days, and during this time individuals may experience any of the following symptoms:

  • Fever
  • Headaches
  • Muscle pain or aches
  • Loss of appetite
  • Vomiting
  • Rash
  • Feeling tired

Who is Most at Risk?

Older individuals as well as infants and those with compromised immune systems are at risk of developing more serious symptoms from WNV. The neurological diseases that may occur include West Nile encephalitis, meningitis and meningoencephalitis — all of which involve inflammation of the central nervous system. If immediate medical attention isn’t sought, the disease could be fatal.

How to Avoid West Nile Virus

The CDC recommends limiting your risk of WNV by avoiding areas that have reported the disease. If the areas cannot be avoided, then be sure to wear mosquito repellent and keep your skin covered with clothing.

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