How Do You Know if You Have West Nile Virus?
With the West Nile Virus being detected in Acadiana, it's a good idea to know what symptoms and signs to be aware of for early detection.
In the past few days, the West Nile Virus has been detected in Iberia Parish mosquito samples by the LSU School of Veterinary Medicine Louisiana Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory according to KATC.
As a result, residents are being asked to take precautions and protective measures to avoid contracting the disease.
The CDC recommends -
- Wearing mosquito repellent containing DEET
- Wearing light-colored long sleeve shirts and pants, especially at dawn and dusk.
- Avoid wearing perfume or colognes for extended periods of time.
- Eliminate any standing water around your home and property.
- Sweep up lawn clippings, leaves, and tree limbs from sidewalks and driveways.
Read more CDC recommendations over at KATC.com.
Although West Nile Virus is similar to malaria, you can't be vaccinated against West Nile Virus.
In some cases, West Nile can be fatal if not treated early, and that's why it's important to know the signs.
Simplyhealth.io has put together a list of 15 common symptoms of West Nile Virus.
- A constant, nagging headache
- Loss of appetite
- A sudden rash. The rash can be anywhere on your body
- Flu-like symptoms
- Swelling in the lymph nodes
- Excessive sweating
- Muscle tremors
- Partial paralysis
You can read more about each symptom over at simplyhealth.io.