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West Nile Virus

West Nile Virus

Vector Insect(s) - Culex Mosquito

By far the most common mosquito-borne disease in the U.S., the West Nile virus infects thousands of people each year across the country and has been responsible for more than 2,000 deaths in the U.S. since 1999. There is still no vaccine to prevent the disease, and antibiotics don't work against it, making protection against mosquito bites key.

Serious Side Effects

In rare cases, inflammation of the brain or surrounding tissue, which can be fatal.

Symptoms appear

Two to 14 days after a bite.

Treatments

None for the disease itself, but fluids and over-the-counter pain relievers such as acetaminophen, ibuprofen, or naproxen can ease symptoms.

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