Who is at risk and what are the symptoms of West Nile Virus?
Evidence shows that most people infected with the virus have no symptoms and do not get sick or have only mild symptoms. People with weaker immune systems and people with chronic diseases are at a greater risk for serious health effects. Symptoms usually appear 3-14 days after an infected mosquito bite.
In mild cases there may be flu-like symptoms including fever, headache and body aches. Some people may also develop a mild rash or swollen lymph glands.
For people with more severe illness, symptoms could include; headache, high fever, neck stiffness, disorientation, unconsciousness, tremors/convulsions, muscle weakness/paralysis. Anyone who has a sudden onset of these symptoms should seek immediate medical attention.
Any health questions regarding WNV should be directed to Niagara Region Public Health. The Niagara Falls Office can be reached at 905-356-1538.
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