West Nile Virus

West Nile Virus

West Nile Virus…seriously???

  • Headache
  • Nausea
  • Body aches
  • Rash
  • Mosquito Bite

Great!  I should have been wearing a shoo!TAG that repels mosquitos…duh!!!


I normally don’t need to wear them at home because we have our property sprayed with an organic application that has worked in the past BUT not this time (thanks to all of the downpours?)!!!  AND now I have been bitten and have had these WNV symptoms for 6 days…

From the CDC website (http://www.cdc.gov/ncidod/dvbid/westnile/):

Q. What are the symptoms of West Nile virus (WNV) infection?
Infection with WNV can be asymptomatic (no symptoms), or can lead to West Nile fever or severe West Nile disease.

It is estimated that about 20% of people who become infected with WNV will develop West Nile fever. Symptoms include fever, headache, tiredness, and body aches, nausea, vomiting, occasionally with a skin rash (on the trunk of the body) and swollen lymph glands. While the illness can be as short as a few days, even healthy people have reported being sick for several weeks.

The symptoms of severe disease (also called neuroinvasive disease, such as West Nile encephalitis or meningitis or West Nile poliomyelitis) include headache, high fever, neck stiffness, stupor, disorientation, coma, tremors, convulsions, muscle weakness, and paralysis. It is estimated that approximately 1 in 150 persons infected with the West Nile virus will develop a more severe form of disease. Serious illness can occur in people of any age, however people over age 50 and some immune-compromised persons (for example, transplant patients) are at the highest risk for getting severely ill when infected with WNV.

Most people (about 4 out of 5) who are infected with West Nile virus will not develop any type of illness (an asymptomatic infection), however you cannot know ahead of time if you’ll get sick or not when infected.

Q. What is the incubation period in humans (i.e., time from infection to onset of disease symptoms) for West Nile disease?
 Usually 2 to 15 days.

Q. How long do symptoms last?
 Symptoms of West Nile fever will generally last a few days, although even some healthy people report having the illness last for several weeks. The symptoms of severe disease (encephalitis or meningitis) may last several weeks, although neurological effects may be permanent.

Q. How Is WNV Infection Treated?
A.There is no specific treatment for WNV infection. In cases with milder symptoms, people experience symptoms such as fever and aches that pass on their own, although even healthy people have become sick for several weeks. In more severe cases, people usually need to go to the hospital where they can receive supportive treatment including intravenous fluids, help with breathing and nursing care.

Q. What Should I Do if I Think I Have WNV?
A.Milder WNV illness improves on its own, and people do not necessarily need to seek medical attention for this infection though they may choose to do so. If you develop symptoms of severe WNV illness, such as unusually severe headaches or confusion, seek medical attention immediately. Severe WNV illness usually requires hospitalization. Pregnant women and nursing mothers are encouraged to talk to their doctor if they develop symptoms that could be WNV.

To print a fact sheet:

Needless to say, I will be getting a shoo!TAG for mosquitoes on this very minute, will increase my coconut oil intake and will start taking Colloidal Silver to combat these symptoms.  Maybe you should order some shoo!TAGS for you and yours…they come in individual packs and family packs of four!!!


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