WNV was discovered in Uganda in 1937 but wasn't found in the U.S. until 1999 in New York City. Today, WNV has been found in each of the 48 contiguous U.S. states.
West Nile is not contagious person to person; it is only transmitted by an infected mosquito.
Around 70 to 80 percent of people experience no symptoms, but common symptoms include fever, headache, rash, swollen lymph glands and eye pain. And in some situations, serious illness can occur, which may include more extreme symptoms.
Two Rivers Public Health Department offers a few tips to protect against West Nile Virus:
- Wear insect repellent with at least 30 percent DEET
- Wear long sleeves, long pants and socks.
- Stay indoors during dusk and dawn when mosquitoes are most active.
- Drain all standing water around the home as this is where mosquitoes breed.