West Nile Virus

​West Nile virus (WNV), a virus that survives in nature in birds and is transmitted by mosquitoes (that feed on infected birds) causes a potentially serious illness related to Japanese Encephalitis and Saint Louis encephalitis. When humans and other mammals are bitten by infected mosquitoes, they may also become infected with WNV.

Most people who become infected with the virus will not become ill.
For those who do become sick, symptoms can include fever, headache, rash, muscle weakness, and nausea and vomiting. A smaller proportion may develop neurological symptoms such as limb paralysis, tremors, and altered mental status.

The key to protecting yourself against WNV infection is the prevention of mosquito bites:

 
“Just remember the 4 “Ds”: Dress in long sleeves/pants, use mosquito repellent with DEET, Drain any standing water/ pools in the surrounding area of your home, and avoid the peak mosquito hours around DUSK & DAWN.”
 
The Ashe Center’s Infection Control & Safety Committee continues to monitor the current outbreak of the West Nile virus (WNV) in the state of California. That said, the majority of West Nile virus cases have been reported in Orange county, with far fewer cases in Los Angeles county.

Click here for information on how to prevent exposure to mosquito bites, and see below for other helpful resources from the Ashe Center on this topic.

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