West Nile Virus

mosquito lightWest Nile Virus has now been found in Box Elder and Cache Counties. To protect you and your family please:

• Using insect repellant that contains DEET (N,N-diethyl-m-toluamide).

• Wearing long shirts and pants from dusk to dawn.

• Remove standing water from around yards and homes.

• Make sure windows, doors and screens fit tightly without holes.

 

West Nile Virus affects the central nervous system. Mild symptoms include fever, headache and body aches, nausea, vomiting, and sometimes swollen lymph glands or a skin rash. These symptoms typically last a few days. Severe symptoms can include high fever, headache, neck stiffness, disorientation, coma, vision loss and paralysis. These symptoms may last several weeks and neurological effects may be permanent.

People typically develop symptoms between three and 14 days after they are exposed. If you think you have symptoms of West Nile Virus, contact your physician.

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