The most common way someone can be infected with West Nile virus (WNV) is to be bitten by a mosquito. There have been cases of WNV in Europe, parts of Asia, Africa, the Middle East, Australia and India. In 1999, the first case of West Nile virus was detected in North America. Since then, it has spread across the U.S. and Canada.
How Does Someone Get West Nile Virus?
In most cases, a person becomes infected with West Nile virus after they’ve been bitten by an infected mosquito. The mosquito typically gets infected from biting infected birds. The virus can then be spread to people and other animals. It is far less common, but not impossible, for WNV to be spread through an organ transplant, blood transfusion or from a mother to her baby during pregnancy, delivery or while breastfeeding.
How Do I Know if I Have West Nile Virus?
In most cases, you might never know, as a person can be infected and not experience any symptoms. However, approximately 20 percent of people infected with WNV develop symptoms such as fever, body aches, joint pains, headache diarrhea, vomiting or a rash. Less than 1 percent develop a neurological illness, which can sometimes be fatal. If you do get sick, it may take 2 to 14 days for the virus to take hold in the system. Most people have a complete recovery but on occasion, weakness and fatigue might last for weeks or even months.
Be Protected Against West Nile Virus
You can reduce your risk of getting West Nile virus by staying indoors, wearing clothes that fully cover your body and regularly wearing insect repellent when you’re outdoors. But that’s not always practical, especially if you lead an active lifestyle and enjoy outdoor activities. Fortunately, there’s another option that can remove mosquitos from your home environment, commercial property or public space.
Choose MosquitoNix® to Rid Your Property of Mosquitos
For a long-term solution to a mosquito problem, choose MosquitoNix®. We offer our highly effective MosquitoNix Misting System to rid your residential or commercial property of mosquitos and other flying insects. If you just want mosquito control for a special event, we recommend our Mosquito Fogging Treatment. For those who wish to go all-natural, there’s the extremely effective yet completely eco-friendly MosquitoNix Green.
Rest easy and don’t worry about West Nile virus with robust mosquito control from MosquitoNix. Call us at 844-483-3213 for more information and to schedule an appointment.