West Nile Virus is a disease carried by mosquitoes that occurs mainly in birds, but can also infect humans and animals. There is no person to person transmission. Infections peak in high mosquito seasons, such summer and fall in tropical areas. About one in 150 people infected with West Nile Virus will develop severe symptoms which can include high fever, headache, neck stiffness, muscle weakness. These symptoms can last several weeks and neurological effects may be permanent.
Preventive measures include mosquito control, use of insect repellants and wearing long pants and long sleeve shirts when outside for extended periods of time during mosquito season.
Robert Mercadel, MD
Medical Director, Student Health Services
For more go to www.cdc.gov/westnile/
For additional information call Student Health Services @ (504) 520-7396